The death toll in South Africa from the violence that followed the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma has risen to 276.
Thus far, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, a minister in the president’s office, said 234 people had died in KwaZulu-Natal and another 42 in Gauteng, according to the BBC.
Thousands of businesses were looted in the riots that mainly affected the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.
It was a level of violence unprecedented in post-apartheid South Africa. Last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa, said the violence and looting had been planned and instigated – and those responsible were being pursued.
A former DJ appeared in court on Wednesday on charges of inciting the violence – he is one of about a dozen people prosecutors believe instigated the unrest.
The unrest has now largely subsided following the deployment of 25,000 soldiers.
Police were carrying out “mopping-up operations to ensure opportunistic and copycat activities do not find traction”, the AFP news agency quotes Ntshavheni as saying.
Several thousand others have been arrested for looting.
Featured Image: The estimated cost to the economy in KwaZulu-Natal province alone has been put at more than $1bn [Photo Getty Image]