Sunday, July 18, 2021

South Africa looting: Clean-up to mark Nelson Mandela Day - BBC News

As South Africans mark Nelson Mandela Day, the president has urged people to honour the legacy of the anti-apartheid hero by helping to rebuild the country after days of riots that left 212 dead.

"The one positive thing I can say is that this incident has united us as never before," Cyril Ramaphosa said.

People have been posting photos of themselves distributing food to areas most affected by the unrest.

The violence was sparked by the jailing of ex-President Jacob Zuma.

He handed himself in to police on 7 July to serve a 15-month sentence for contempt of court.

The 79-year-old was found guilty for failing to appear before an inquiry to answer questions about corruption during his presidency.

On Monday, Mr Zuma is due to attend - via video link - another corruption trial in relation to a $5bn (£3bn) arms deal from the 1990s.

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