Army enters In streets South Africa

South Africa has deployed an army to deal with the violence that erupted after the imprisonment of former president Jacob Zuma.

Shops were raided and buildings set on fire on Monday as Zuma heard his case in the high court. At least six people have been killed and 200 arrested since the riots began last week.

Zuma has been convicted of contempt of court after failing to attend a corruption trial during his administration. Zuma, 79, who denied involvement in corruption, but went to the police station last week to begin his 15-month sentence in anticipation of a reduced sentence in a constitutional court.

However, legal experts say the chances of winning are slim. The case has sparked unprecedented incidents in the country where they have never witnessed the former president jailed.

On Monday, video footage showed supermarkets being set on fire in the Pietermaritzburg city of Zuma’s hometown, KwaZulu-Natal and people protesting. Violence spread as far as Johannesburg in the Gauteng province.

On Sunday, people marched in the business district of Johannesburg. The military has said it has been instructed to go and help reduce street violence. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for calm, saying there was no information on the violence.

Zuma was arrested for defying evidence to testify against a corruption case against him while in office. He attended only once in an investigation into what became known as alleged looting of state property.

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