South Africa: 10 people killed in stampede during mass looting

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Crowds have continued to clash with police, ransack shops and hurl stones in anger over the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma (EPA)
Crowds have continued to clash with police, ransack shops and hurl stones in anger over the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma (EPA)

A group of people have been killed in a stampede during a mass looting at a shopping centre in South Africa, according to state officials.

Gauteng province’s premier David Makhura said the 10 bodies were found on Monday evening at a mall in Soweto shopping.

It comes amid looting and arson in the area.

Crowds have continued to clash with police, ransack shops and hurl stones in anger over the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma.

The 79-year-old former politician was sentenced last month for defying a constitutional court order.

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Zuma has started a 15-month sentence for contempt of court.

Even with 2,500 soldiers deployed on the ground, the rampant looting has continued.

“No amount of unhappiness or personal circumstances from our people gives the right to anyone to loot, vandalise and do as they please and break the law,” Police Minister Bheki Cele told a news conference.

He echoed the statement made by President Cyril Ramaphosa who condemned “acts of public violence of a kind rarely seen in the history of our democracy”.

“What we are witnessing now are opportunistic acts of criminality, with groups of people instigating chaos merely as a cover for looting and theft,” the president added.

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