By: Kaya News reporter
The death toll in protests that are currently rocking the country stands at six and 219 people arrested thus far. The South African National Defense Force (SANDF) have on Monday been deployed to parts of KZN and Gauteng that are experiencing mounting civil unrest.
The looting of businesses and shopping malls have caused tension across the country with many communities taking a stand against protestors and protecting their business district.
Protests linked to former President Jacob Zuma’s arrest kicked off in KZN with the torching of vehicles, barricading highways and looting. The protests then called for the release of Zuma and a full Shutdown of South Africa was planned with riots breaking out in parts of Gauteng as a result.
Many areas are affected, including Jeppestown, Alexandra, Soweto, Vosloorus and Germiston.
According to reports, 2 people were killed in KZN and 4 in Gauteng since the protests began. The death toll includes a 15-year old boy is said to have died after being hit by a rubber bullet.
Investigations are underway to determine the cause of deaths of the 4 people killed in Gauteng since Sunday. Two of the victims were shot, whilst one, a security guard was severely assaulted and the fourth cause of death unknown at this stage.