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Looting and protests continue in South Africa. The violence is now spreading to other regions.

Johannesburg (dpa) – In South Africa, violent protests and looting, which killed at least 72, spread from the affected two provinces to neighboring regions.

Similar incidents occurred in Mpumalanga and Northern Cape provinces, police said Wednesday evening. The African Union (AU) made an urgent appeal to restore order in the face of the violence. According to media reports, vigilantes were formed in the affected areas to prevent the looted and often devastated industrial areas from spilling over into residential areas.

According to the government, the army, which has since been deployed to support the police, was mainly stationed at strategic points around hospitals and airports, but also in the township of Alexandra near Johannesburg.

The situation is exacerbated by the Corona crisis – many vaccination centers are closed due to the unrest. Supply bottlenecks are also at risk as one of the main connections – the N3 highway from Africa’s main port in Durban to Johannesburg – has been closed for days. The estimated damage to the country’s previously ailing economy is now estimated at tens of millions.

The riots started as a form of protest against the imprisonment of ex-president Jacob Zuma; Within days, however, they developed into large-scale riots in the industrial heart of the country around Johannesburg and Zuma’s home province of KwaZulu-Natal.

Zuma was sentenced to 15 months in prison for ignoring justice, which he served late Wednesday. He is to answer to a commission of inquiry over several corruption allegations during his tenure (2009-2018), but did not accept a subpoena.