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Riots in SA: Alleged instigators to appear in court on Monday

Riots in SA: Alleged instigators to appear in court on Monday

AFRICA, LAW, PROTESTS, RIOT, South Africa, VIOLANCE
Three people are alleged to have had a hand in the riots in KZN and Gauteng, which started out as pro-Jacob Zuma demonstrations Two of the suspects arrested in connection the unrest that took place in parts of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) are expected to appear in court on Monday, 19 July 2021. One of the suspects will be at the Randfontein magistrate’s court while the other will appear at the Westonaria magistrate’s court. A third suspect who was also handcuffed is only expected in the dock on Tuesday. SA UNREST: MORE DETAILS ON RIOT INSTIGATORS The arrests of the suspects was confirmed by Police Minister Bheki Cele on Sunday in KZN, and could not reveal their identities. Police also detailed the arrests of the three people. “Police in the West Rand distri...
Olympic sponsor Toyota passes on Games TV commercials amid lacklustre support in Japan

Olympic sponsor Toyota passes on Games TV commercials amid lacklustre support in Japan

HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, JAPAN, OLYMPICS, PROTESTS, Sports
People protest against the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Olympics sponsor Toyota will not run Games-related TV commercials amid lacklustre public support for the Olympics, with two-thirds of Japanese doubting organisers can keep the Games safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a local media poll. Chief Executive Officer of Toyota Motor Corp, Akio Toyoda, and other executives will not attend the opening ceremony, Toyota said on Monday. “It is true that Toyota will not be attending the opening ceremony, and the decision was made considering various factors including no spectators,” a spokesperson said. “We will not be airing any commercials related to the Games in Japan,” she added. Some 60 Japanese corporations who have paid more than $3 billion for sponsorshi...
South Africa Unrest: Former Top Spy Released Without A Charge

South Africa Unrest: Former Top Spy Released Without A Charge

AFRICA, LAW, POLITICS, PROTESTS, RIOT, South Africa
Thulani Dlomo A former high ranking member of South Africa’s State Security Agency (SSA), Thulani Dlomo, has been released from police custody without being charged. Dlomo had handed himself over to the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal on Friday, 16 July. An alleged close colleague of former President Jacob Zuma, Dlomo was identified by the media as one of the 12 individuals wanted by the government for allegedly instigating the violence in KZN and Gauteng. According to SABC News, Dlomo went to the Durban Central Police Station late on Friday and surrendered himself to the custody of the authorities. Speaking outside the police station, Dlomo’s lawyer, Phumlani Shangase, who accompanied him to the police, said his client is a free man for no...
At Least 210 People Killed in Riots in South Africa as President Says Unrest Was ‘Instigated’

At Least 210 People Killed in Riots in South Africa as President Says Unrest Was ‘Instigated’

AFRICA, ARMY, POLICE, POLITICS, PROTESTS, RIOT, South Africa, VIOLANCE
TEHRAN (FNA)- The death toll from riots in the South African provinces KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng has increased to 212, Kumbudzo Ntshaveni, the acting minister under the President of South Africa, stated. "We received reports of six more deaths. The total death toll in Gauteng province was 32, and 137 more people were detained. In total, 862 people were detained in Gauteng. ... In the province [of KwaZulu-Natal] 89 more victims are reported, total the death toll is 180. In total, 1,692 detentions were made in the province," Ntshaveni noted at a briefing broadcast by the SABC News TV channel. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has said the weeklong looting and deadly unrest that have rocked the country were “planned". “It is quite clear that all these incidents of unrest and l...
Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa unrest was ‘instigated’

Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa unrest was ‘instigated’

ARMY, INTERNATIONAL, POLICE, PROTESTS, RIOT, South Africa, VIOLANCE
In his first visit to an area affected by weeklong unrest, the South African president says ‘anarchy and mayhem’ will not be allowed to unfold in the country. Hundreds of businesses were destroyed during the weeklong unrest [Rogan Ward/Reuters] The deadly violence and looting that have rocked South Africa for the past week were planned, President Cyril Ramaphosa has alleged, during his first visit to areas affected by the worst unrest in the country’s post-apartheid era. “It is quite clear that all these incidents of unrest and looting were instigated, there were people who planned it and coordinated it,” he said on Friday. Ramaphosa made the remarks when he visited Ethikwini Municipality, which includes the port city Durban in KwaZulu-Natal province, one of the worst-hit area...
South Africa riots: Mother throws daughter from burning building after looters start blaze

South Africa riots: Mother throws daughter from burning building after looters start blaze

AFRICA, CHILDREN, EMERGENCY, PROTESTS, RESCUE, RIOT, South Africa, WOMEN
Woman trusted neighbours to catch her toddler as she let go https://www.youtube.com/embed/gphvVGgrim0 A mother threw her toddler from her burning home which had been set alight by looters in South Africa. Naledi Manyoni hurled the girl from the first floor into the arms of neighbours waiting below as smoke surrounded them, trusting they would catch the girl and keep her safe. Violence and rioting have erupted in South Africa after the jailing last week of the former president Jacob Zuma. It’s thought 72 people have been killed as looters ransacked shops, warehouses and other businesses, and started fires. Ms Manyoni and other residents were trapped by a blaze that spread from the ground floor to the second floor and higher of their apartment block in the central busine...
South Africa’s Zulu king says violence brings shame, calls for peace

South Africa’s Zulu king says violence brings shame, calls for peace

AFRICA, KING, KINGDOM, PAN AFRICA, PROTESTS, South Africa, ZULU
The king of South Africa's Zulu community, the country's largest ethnic group, on Wednesday called for an end to unrest after six days of looting left scores of dead and battered the economy. "I call for peace," Misuzulu Zulu said on state television. The violence "has brought great shame on all of us," he said, adding "this chaos is destroying the economy, and it is the poor who will suffer the most."
South Africa to increase troop deployment to 25,000 as unrest grows

South Africa to increase troop deployment to 25,000 as unrest grows

AFRICA, ARMY, PROTESTS, South Africa, VIOLANCE
Fear of running out of gasoline and food has gripped South Africans on the sixth day of violence that has already left 72 people dead, against a backdrop of endemic unemployment and new anti-Covid restrictions. At dawn, queues stretched out in front of petrol stations and food stores, particularly in Durban, in Kwazulu-Natal (east). The day before, the country's largest refinery closed its plant in the region, which supplies about a third of the fuel consumed in the country. Our correspondent said the military had doubled the number of troops deployed to quell the violence. "The initial forces on the ground, from the military, were 2500 troops. That number has now been increased to 5000," said Mark Roughton in Cape Town. On Wednesday morning, at least 72 deaths had been...
Zuma’s ‘Private Spy’ Thulani Dlomo Alleged Brains Behind Unrest In South Africa

Zuma’s ‘Private Spy’ Thulani Dlomo Alleged Brains Behind Unrest In South Africa

AFRICA, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, PROTESTS, RIOT, South Africa, VIOLANCE
The unrest in South Africa might have started off as a sporadic form of violence and opportunistic looting. However, it has now emerged to be a more sophisticated network of well-ochestrated cabal hell burnt on causing chaos and bringing the country to its’s knees. The controversial former head of the State Security Agency’s (SSA) rogue special operations unit, Thulani Dlomo, has been identified as a prime suspect being investigated for fomenting violent unrest in KwaZulu-Natal following the arrest of former president Jacob Zuma. News24  revealed, from information confirmed by three independent and highly placed sources, that intelligence officials told the police Dlomo was a key person of interest in instigating the unrest that has rocked South Africa, led to the death of at le...
‘We are going after the instigators’: Cele says there are forces behind mass looting

‘We are going after the instigators’: Cele says there are forces behind mass looting

AFRICA, POLITICS, PROTESTS, RIOT, South Africa, VIOLANCE
Sporadic violence and incidents of looting continued throughout areas in Gauteng on Monday night. Businesses in Soweto’s Diepkloof Mall awoke to their businesses ransacked and severely damaged. The owner of a small medical centre in the facility, Dr Thabile Vezi, arrived at work on Tuesday morning to discover her business had been overrun and looted . “My thoughts were:‘We’re a medical centre, we’ll be spared,’ mainly because we’re servicing the community in terms of their health needs, but also because there’s nothing to loot. It’s a medical centre.” Soldiers have been deployed to quell the widespread unrest in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. Despite a military presence in Soweto, reports of looting continued and a stampede in Meadowlands on Monday reportedly left 10 dead. ...
As Riots Continue Unabated In South Africa, Death Toll Rises To 72

As Riots Continue Unabated In South Africa, Death Toll Rises To 72

AFRICA, ARMY, LAW, POLICE, PROTESTS, RIOT, South Africa
Violence erupted in the country after former President Jacob Zuma began serving a 15-month sentence for contempt of court on Thursday. The death toll climbed to 72 from rioting in South Africa on Tuesday, with many people trampled to death during looting at stores, as police and the military fired stun grenades and rubber bullets to try to halt the unrest set off by the imprisonment last week of former President Jacob Zuma. More than 1,200 people have been arrested in the lawlessness that has raged in poor areas of two provinces, where a community radio station was ransacked and forced off the air Tuesday and some COVID-19 vaccination centres were closed, disrupting urgently needed inoculations. Many of the deaths in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces occurred in chaotic sta...
Russia is worried about losing Cuba and wants to send troops

Russia is worried about losing Cuba and wants to send troops

ARMY, CUBA, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, PROTESTS, RELATIONS, RUSSIA
Protests over the past 24 hours in Cuba have worried Moscow, and the first fears have surfaced that Russia is likely to lose the strategic island for the future deployment of air defence systems, ships, and aircraft. There are currently protests in Cuba. According to the Russian embassy in Havana, these protests are linked to living standards, the growing Kovid-19 epidemic, and its complications. The emergence of political slogans is already beginning to speak more clearly that the intervention of foreign forces is possible as a reason for these protests. Arrests are being made by both police and Cuban intelligence. Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel has appealed to the country’s communists, who he says should also take to the streets and oppose “this vandalism,” he said. What is...
Cuba blames US for anti-government protests

Cuba blames US for anti-government protests

CUBA, GOVERNMENT, INTERNATIONAL, POLICE, POLITICS, PROTESTS, USA
Cuba has blamed a US "policy of economic suffocation" for unprecedented protests against the country's communist government, as Washington pointed the finger at "decades of repression" in the one-party state. The longtime foes traded barbs a day after thousands of Cubans took to the streets chanting: "Down with the dictatorship" in protests dispersed by police who arrested dozens. The anti-government rallies erupted spontaneously in several cities as the country endures its worst economic crisis in 30 years, with chronic shortages of electricity, food and medicine and a recent worsening of the coronavirus epidemic. The only authorised gatherings in Cuba are usually events of the ruling Communist Party, but according to the data journalism site Inventario, a total of 40 demons...
South Africa / Ten dead in unrest following jailing of Jacob Zuma

South Africa / Ten dead in unrest following jailing of Jacob Zuma

AFRICA, CRIME, PROTESTS, South Africa, VIOLANCE
South Africa violence ‘rarely seen in history of our democracy’ President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses unrest in response to jailing of Jacob Zuma South Africa military deployed to tackle violence over Zuma jailing South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has said the deadly violence gripping the country is unprecedented post-apartheid as he deployed troops to help police crush the violence and looting prompted by the jailing of ex-president Jacob Zuma. Ten people have died, some with gunshot wounds sustained before the army was deployed, and 489 people have been arrested. Among those killed was a 15-year-old boy who was shot in the chest with a rubber bullet, local media reported. Around 2,500 soldiers were sent to the streets of the country’s two most densely populated provin...
Biden calls ‘remarkable’ Cuba protests a ‘call for freedom’

Biden calls ‘remarkable’ Cuba protests a ‘call for freedom’

CUBA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, PROTESTS, USA
President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting on reducing gun violence, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Monday, July 12, 2021, in Washington.  President Joe Biden on Monday called protests in Cuba “remarkable" and a “clarion call for freedom,” praising thousands of Cubans who took the streets to protest food shortages and high prices amid the coronavirus crisis — one of the island's biggest antigovernment demonstrations in recent memory. “The Cuban people are demanding their freedom from an authoritarian regime. I don’t think we’ve seen anything like this protest in a long long time, if, quite frankly, ever,” Biden said in a brief exchange with reporters at the start of a meeting with mayors and law enforcement officials to discuss gun violence in the U.S. The comments ma...
South Africa deploys army in two provinces to quell protests

South Africa deploys army in two provinces to quell protests

AFRICA, ARMY, POLICE, POLITICS, PROTESTS, South Africa
Deployment of troops comes after six people killed in days of protests in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. Police said six people have been killed and more than 200 arrested in protests and looting since last week [Phill Magakoe/AFP] The South African military said it was deploying soldiers in two provinces, including its economic hub of Johannesburg, to help police cope with looting and arson attacks on businesses. The move comes as the country’s top court began hearing a challenge on Monday by former president Jacob Zuma against a 15-month prison term. Police said six people have been killed and more than 200 arrested in related protests and looting since last week. “The South African National Defence Force has commenced with pre-deployment processes and procedures in line with...
Ramaphosa targets Zulus, plays the apartheid tribal card

Ramaphosa targets Zulus, plays the apartheid tribal card

AFRICA, CRIME, CRISIS, LAW, PRESIDENT, PROTESTS, South Africa
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has attributed some on the forces behind the recent violent protests to ethnic mobilisation. Although the son of a Venda apartheid policeman offered no evidence to back up this statement, he told the nation during Sunday night's address that this must be condemned by all citizens. While the sporadic incidents of anarchy are understood to be pushing for former President Jacob Zuma's release from prison, no uniform pattern suggesting this has been identified. It's what commentators and social scientists have been weary of since throngs of people gathered outside Zuma's Nkandla home in the name of shielding him from the police. But suggestions that Zulu nationalism is behind what appears to be Zuma's support base did not always stick. O...
KZN protests: ‘ANC factions shouldn’t undermine rule of law,’ says DA

KZN protests: ‘ANC factions shouldn’t undermine rule of law,’ says DA

AFRICA, LAW, POLITICS, PROTESTS, South Africa, TRAFFIC
The DA has called on the ANC in KZN to put the province ahead of its factions as chaos erupts over Jacob Zuma's incarceration. Traffic was backlogged on the N2 between Ballito and Mandeni due to protests by Jacob Zuma supporters on Friday. Photograph: WhatsApp The Democratic Alliance (DA) has condemned the wave of illegal ANC protest action currently taking place across the province of KZN as a result of former president Jacob Zuma’s incarceration. The party said it cannot be that internal ANC factions undermine the rule of law, infringing on the rights of law-abiding citizens of KZN. It is believed that former president Jacob Zuma’s supporters are responsible for the sporadic protests in the province. From Friday morning, several major roads were closed in KZN namel...
Haiti President Jovenel Moïse assassinated in middle-of-the-night attack at his home

Haiti President Jovenel Moïse assassinated in middle-of-the-night attack at his home

BREAKING NEWS, HAITI, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, PROTESTS, TERROR
Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was “mortally wounded” and his wife shot during an armed attack in the early hours of Wednesday at their private residence above the hills of Port-au-Prince, the country’s prime minister, Claude Joseph, said. Several sources told the Miami Herald that Moïse was killed during the attack, and that his wife was shot. In a statement from the prime minister’s office, Joseph said the attack occurred around 1 a.m. Wednesday, and some of the unidentified assailants spoke Spanish. The head of state, the statement said, was “fatally injured.” Frist Lady Martine Moïse was wounded and is being treated, the statement said. The assailants claimed to be agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, according to videos taken by people in the area of...
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