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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...
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...
It takes a whole village: the need of a multiple approach to assist survivors of sexual violence

It takes a whole village: the need of a multiple approach to assist survivors of sexual violence

ADVOCACY, CONGO, DRC, HEALTH, VIOLANCE, WOMEN
In light of the magnitude and the impact of the sexual violence in the country, MSF calls on the Congolese authorities and their partners to act now Salamabila is a city of 71,000 inhabitants in the mining region of the province of Maniema, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The prevalence of sexual violence is alarming: on average, 120 to 150 patients who have suffered this type of violence come to MSF every month. However, it can be even more devastating. In March alone, 221 people came for consultation. To assist these people who suffer a lot of stigma, an innovative decentralized program was implemented by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF): 18 reproductive health agents work directly in communities to identify and welcome people who have experienced this type ...
DRC: Doctors Without Borders calls for urgent boost to support survivors of sexual violence

DRC: Doctors Without Borders calls for urgent boost to support survivors of sexual violence

CONGO, DRC, HEALTH, Health Workers, VIOLANCE, WOMEN
MSF warns of the lack of support available for survivors of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) In a new report, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warns of the lack of support available for survivors of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Given the magnitude of such violence and its impact, MSF calls on the Congolese authorities and their partners to swiftly act in order to respond to the huge medical, legal, socioeconomic, and protection needs that we observe. The figure is colossal. However, it is only the tip of the iceberg: in 2020, nearly 11,000 survivors of sexual violence were assisted with the support of MSF teams in six of the 26 provinces of the DRC, approximately 30 per day. The data collected by MSF...
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 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. ...
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...
Vietnam upholds reconciliation to end violence in DR Congo

Vietnam upholds reconciliation to end violence in DR Congo

AFRICA, CONGO, DRC, PAN AFRICA, UN, VIETNAM, VIOLANCE
Ambassador Pham Hai Anh, Deputy Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations, reiterated the need to promote reconciliation in a bid to put an end to violence and address security challenges in the Democratic Republic of Congo. An overview of the UNSC meeting on DR Congo's situation (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Ambassador Pham Hai Anh, Deputy Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations, reiterated the need to promote reconciliation in a bid to put an end to violence and address security challenges in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Addressing a meeting of the UN Security Council (UNSC) on July 7 to discuss the situation in DR Congo and activities of the UN Stabilisation Mission in the African nation (MONUSCO), the ambassador stressed the importance...
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