(SOUTH AFRICA) LATEST: Rioting triggered by the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma escalated Monday as shopping malls in Johannesburg were looted, major roads were blocked by burning tires and the police and military struggled to contain the violence #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.13: The unrest started last week in KwaZulu-Natal province after Zuma was imprisoned for contempt of court. What began as fairly small-scale blocking of roads in Zuma’s home area intensified and spread to Gauteng, South Africa’s most populous province, including Johannesburg, the country’s largest city.

#AceDailyNews says at least six-people-dead in South Africa Riots over recent imprisonment of Former President Jacob Zuma according to AP.Org/

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A family member assists a police officer to carry a body of a man who was found inside a burned shop, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday, July 11, 2021. Protests have spread from the KwaZulu Natal province to Johannesburg against the imprisonment of former South African President Jacob Zuma who was imprisoned last week for contempt of court. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

At least six people have been killed and more than 200 arrested, according to a police statement issued Monday.

Soldiers have been deployed to help the police. President Cyril Ramaphosa was to address the nation later Monday. He appealed for calm Sunday night and vowed that police would crack down on those breaking the law, but the riots worsened Monday.

Looting of retail centers broke out in several areas of Johannesburg, including Benmore, Jeppestown, Vosloorus, and Soweto, where the Jabulani and Dobsonville malls were hit.

Retail stores in Alexandra, east of Johannesburg, were also affected, and journalists covering the riots for the public South African Broadcasting Corporation and news channel Newzroom Afrika were robbed of their equipment.

A major mall and car dealerships around the affluent Rosebank area closed as protesters were reported in the area. Other retail centers in the east of Johannesburg, including Kempton Park, also closed Monday.

In KwaZulu-Natal, people took appliances, including microwave ovens, television sets and clothing from stores in the Mariannhill and Umlazi areas.

The violence began last week when Zuma began serving a 15-month sentence for contempt of court. He defied a court order to testify before a state-backed inquiry probing allegations of corruption during his term as president from 2009 to 2018.

The Constitutional Court, the country’s highest court, began hearing Zuma’s appeal on Monday.

Police were investigating the deaths — four in Gauteng and two in KwaZulu-Natal, said police Col. Brenda Muridili. The police and national security forces expanded their presence in both provinces to help quell the violence, authorities said.

Police have warned that anyone using social media to encourage rioting may be arrested and prosecuted.

The way the political protest against Zuma’s incarceration turned into wider rioting and looting highlights South Africa’s widespread poverty, unemployment and economic disparity, analysts said.

Many rioters were just poor, said Susan Booysen, director for research at the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection.

“It is such a mixed bag because some other people are just taking advantage so they can grab things they could not have before,” Booysen said.

“There is poverty and inequality. We also know that some are criminals looking to benefit. Often legitimate protests are exploited for that purpose,” she said.

Ralph Mathekga, a researcher at the University of the Western Cape, agreed that the political demonstration had been overtaken.

“South Africa is a very complex nation, and (when) there is protest action, there is no doubt that those will be used opportunistically by criminal elements,” Mathekga told the News24 website.

“We have to recognize the socioeconomic situation of the country. Almost the majority of the country is unemployed,” Mathekga said. “Protest action in South Africa, without some form of criminality, is very rare.”

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SUDAN: ‘ President Bashir Barred from leaving South Africa on ICC Warrant ‘

#AceNewsReport – SUDAN:June.14: President of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, may be arrested in Johannesburg, South Africa, on an International Criminal Court warrant on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.

South Africa is legally obliged to arrest al-Bashir and hand him over to international authorities, ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said.

The ICC has ordered the Sudanese president to stay in S. Africa until a ruling is made about his arrest.

The Sudanese president came to power in 1989 as a result of a coup. Omar al-Bashir is accused of initiating a government campaign that resulted in the Darfur conflict, in which 300,000 people were killed and over 2 million displaced, according to United Nations figures.

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SOUTH AFRICA: ‘ Oscar Pistorius Found Guilty of Culpable Homicide ‘

#AceBreakingNews – SOUTH AFRICA – (Pretoria) – September 12 – A South African judge on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and declared him not guilty of murder and premeditated murder.

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Sept. 12, 2014: Oscar Pistorius, right, arrives at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa. (AP)

Judge Thokozile Masipa said Friday that the double-amputee athlete was not guilty of murder, as prosecutors had alleged. She ordered Pistorius to stand before she delivered the verdict.

The sentence for a culpable homicide conviction is at the judge’s discretion, and it can range from a suspended sentence and a fine to up to 15 years in prison. Sentencing was to be announced at a later date.

Pistorius was also convicted on one of three unrelated firearm charges. The judge ruled that the athlete was guilty of unlawfully firing a gun in a public place when a friend’s pistol he was handling discharged under a table in a restaurant in Johannesburg in early 2013 — weeks before Steenkamp’s killing.

Pistorius was acquitted on two other gun charges, including a count of firing a gun in public and a count of illegal possession of ammunition in the Pretoria home where he killed Steenkamp.

On Thursday the judge found there was not enough evidence to convict him of pre-meditated murder.  

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#SouthAfrica : `Rescuers Start Bringing Trapped Miners to Surface’

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#SouthAfrica : `Rescuers trying to reach over 200 trapped illegal Miners’

AceWorldNews says that according to the latest report from JOHANNESBURG and Reuters that all rescue services in South Africa are trying to reach more than 200 illegal miners reported trapped underground in an abandoned gold shaft in a suburb just east of Johannesburg, an emergency services spokesman said on Sunday.

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South Africa’s `Harmony Gold Operations’ Stopped at the `Doomkop Mine Nr Johannesburg’ after Rock-Fall Fire”

#AceWorldNews says South Africa’s Harmony Gold stopped all its operations for a 24-hour safety shift on Friday after at least eight workers were killed in a rock-fall and fire at the Doornkop mine near Johannesburg, Reuters reported.

The country’s third-largest bullion producer also said two other workers had died in separate incidents at different mines on Thursday. The incidents showed that companies had to do more to improve safety in South Africa’s mines, Mining Minister Susan Shabangu said.

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UN: Pays Tribute to #NelsonMandela Telling Thousands that Gathered at Memorial Service in Johannesburg #Peace

English: Nelson Mandela, former President of S...

English: Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

#AceWorldNews says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid tribute to the late Nelson Mandela, telling the tens of thousands gathered at the memorial service held in Johannesburg that the life and legacy of the former South African president was an inspiration not only for his country but for the world.

“This grandest of all baobab trees left deep roots that reach across the planet,” Mr. Ban <“http://www.un.org/sg/statements/index.asp?nid=7347“>said, addressing a rain-soaked crowd at the soccer stadium that hosted the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2010 World Cup.

Mr. Mandela passed away last Thursday at the age of 95. Affectionately known as ‘Madiba,’ the late human rights lawyer, prisoner of conscience and Nobel Peace Prize winner was the first democratically elected President of postapartheid South Africa.

“Nelson Mandela was more than one of the greatest leaders of our time. He was one of the greatest teachers. And he taught by example. He sacrificed so much and was willing to give up everything – for freedom and equality, for democracy and justice,” said Mr. Ban.

“His compassion stands out most. He was angry at injustice, not at individuals. He hated hatred, not the people caught in its grip. He showed the awesome power of forgiveness – and of connecting people with each other and with the true meaning of peace. That was his unique gift – and that was the lesson he shared with all humankind.”

The Secretary-General, who was among nearly 100 world leaders attending the service, said that South Africa’s democratic transformation was a victory by and for South Africans.

“But it was also a triumph for the ideals of the United Nations – and for anyone, anywhere, who has ever faced the poison of prejudice,” he added.

Nelson Mandela's former house in Soweto, Johan...

Nelson Mandela’s former house in Soweto, Johannesburg, now Mandela Family Museum. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The United Nations stood side by side with Nelson Mandela and the people of South Africa in the fight against apartheid. We used every tool we had: sanctions, an arms embargo, a sports boycott, diplomatic isolation. We spoke up loud and clear across the world.

“Apartheid was vanquished,” Mr. Ban said. “But as he would be the first to say, our struggle continues – against inequality and intolerance, and for prosperity and peace.

“Nelson Mandela showed us the way with a heart larger than this stadium and an infectious smile that could easily power its lights. In fact, it lit up the world…

“It is the duty of all of us who loved him to keep his memory alive in our hearts, and to embody his example in our lives.”

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