Armed police protect food delivery


Cops protect food delivery

Police protect food and supplies delivery

Armed South African police officers are protecting the delivery of food and supplies to supermarkets days after looting and violence have spread.

The riot was caused by the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma.

An estimated $ 1 billion (£ 720 million) of shares have been stolen and at least 800 retail stores have been looted in KwaZulu-Natal, according to the state mayor.

President Cyril Ramaphosa said his government would not allow “anarchy and mayhem” to spread.

He also suggested that violence was deliberately triggered.

In KwaZulu-Natal, Zuma’s hometown and epicenter of violence, many are lining up for food and lining up early in the morning to get some goods. There are also people.

People in the queue told the BBC that they were worried about feeding their families, getting infant formula and diapers for their babies, and feeding them for their pets.

During the week of violence in the state, riots left roads damaged or blocked, and the government wanted to keep food supplies uninterrupted, said Acting Prime Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni.

Members of the army are stationed to protect the country’s major flash points, and police are providing escorts for the transportation of oxygen, medicines and other major commodities, she said.

Mxolisi Kaunda, the mayor of eThekwini, a municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, including the major cities of Durban, said Rand 16 billion ($ 1 billion, £ 720 million) was lost in property damage.

In a speech in Durban on Friday, President Lamaposa said it was clear that the case was “incited” and “we are chasing these people.” He didn’t say who he was pointing to.

More about the South African riots:

Protests began last week after Zuma threw himself into police to serve a 15-month sentence for contempt of court.

Zuma’s supporters reacted violently to his imprisonment, blocking the main road and demanding a closure to demand his release.

Protests have fallen into riots on a scale rarely seen in South Africa, where businesses in all sectors have been looted, incinerated and bombed in Molotov cocktails in cities and towns in KwaZulu-Natal.

The official death toll was 91 in KwaZulu-Natal and 26 in Gauteng, including Johannesburg, for a total of 117 deaths.

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