Riots in Durban & Soweto AP

The imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma has led to rioting and looting in Durban and Soweto, with at least 72 people known dead. Western journalists say the rioters aren’t protesting Zuma’s so much as taking advantage of the political instability as an excuse to break into stores and loot all the merchandise. Some 25,000 troops are now supplementing police forces to restore order and prevent vigilantes from killing suspected looters; 1200 people have been arrested. South Africa’s unemployment rate is 39% and over 50% of the population lives in poverty. Several factories have been set ablaze, as in Durban above, and selling gasoline in containers is prohibited. (AP)

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