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2021 South African unrest From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Riots and protests took place in South Africa from 9 to 17 July 2021, in response to the arrest of former President Jacob Zuma. The riots triggered wider rioting and looting, fuelled by job layoffs and economic inequality and worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.How many people have died in South Africa's riots?
JOHANNESBURG -- In one of the largest deployments of soldiers since the end of white minority rule, 25,000 South African troops began taking up positions Thursday to help quell weeklong riots sparked by the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma. At least 117 people have been killed in the violence, authorities said.What happened in 2015 in South Africa?
2015 – April 11: 2015 South African xenophobic riots breakout first in Durban then spreading to Johannesburg, South Africa targeting foreign immigrants, 7 dead. 2015 – April 26: 2015 Baltimore riots erupted in Baltimore, Maryland, United States in response to the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died while in police custody.What has Ramaphosa said about the South African riots?
On 12 July 2021, president Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the riots, saying that the acts of public violence have been "rarely seen" in democratic South Africa. Ramaphosa referred to the riots as opportunistic acts of violence, citing the lack of grievance, nor any political cause, that can justify the destruction by the protestors.