Arrest of President Zuma triggers violent protests in South Africa

South African riots from the words of an Indian South African

Arrest of President Zuma triggers violent protests in South Africa
Durban, South Africa

In an exclusive interview, Indian Star spoke to Anna (name changed for security reasons) an Indian- South African for better insight into the rioting that took place in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, following the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma after alleged claims of corruption against the former President who served for two terms between 2009-2018; Zuma was found guilty and was asked to testify before a state-backed inquiry. On defying the court order he was imprisoned for contempt for 15 months.

Following this, his supporters began rioting in Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Johannesburg, areas which are highly populated by the Indian- South African community. In the conversation with Indian Star, Anna said, “We are quite used to unrest here in the country with people protesting. So this started on July 9, 2021 (Friday) with trucks being set alight on one of the major highways in our country. There were about twenty two trucks set alight with all the cargo that they were carrying looted”.