Cue is formed in Durban due to lack


A local woman uses a broom to wipe out the turmoil in the looted store

Locals in Soweto have volunteered to clean up the looted stores

After days of anxiety caused by the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma, there was a long line outside the shops and gas stations in South Africa’s port city of Durban.

Firefighters are clearing up the turmoil with the help of broom-wielding locals.

The riots plundered and destroyed the store, leading to a serious shortage of basics.

At some gas stations, fuel transportation has been interrupted, limiting the amount that drivers can buy.

Local media also reported on the Johannesburg procession.

Meanwhile, the Northern Cape and Mpumalanga have become the latest states of violence.

BBC’s Nomsa Maseko in Durban says the city’s business owners are slowly returning to the store to assess the damage after a few days of anxiety.

She says empty shoeboxes, broken plates, rotten food, and debris are scattered on almost every street in this normally busy city center.

Zuma, 79, was convicted of contempt of court last month after not attending an investigation into corruption during his presidency.

He was handed over to police last Wednesday and began serving 15 months in prison, which caused violent protests, arson attacks, and opportunistic looting in his home state of KwaZulu-Natal.

Protests spread to other towns and cities, including Johannesburg.

President Cyril Ramaphosa states that it is part of the worst violence South Africa has witnessed since the 1990s, before the end of apartheid.

Officials said at least 72 people were killed, 10 of whom died in a crowd accident during looting at a Soweto shopping center.

The deployment of soldiers to assist the police did not appear to thwart the looters.

The BBC filmed a baby thrown from the ground floor of a burning Durban building after the store on the ground floor was looted.

South African police said in a statement Tuesday that they had identified 12 people suspected of causing the riot and arrested a total of 1,234 people.

South Africa’s largest oil refinery announced on Tuesday that it would shut down operations, blaming domestic citizens’ unrest and disruption of supply routes to and from KwaZulu-Natal.

He said he made the decision “due to staff safety concerns and damage to vehicles on the road.”

A local news site shares a video of KwaZulu Natal drivers lining up for fuel.

At Durban Port, road and rail links to the facility have been closed, causing great disruption.

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