Another 22 people have been killed in riots in South Africa, a regional official said on Tuesday, bringing the country’s death toll 32.
The death toll in KwaZulu-Natal is now 26, Prime Minister Sihle Zikalala said at a press conference on Tuesday, a day after authorities confirmed six deaths in Gauteng.
“These were the people killed in the contest while the protesters were still in progress,” he said, without specifying which parts of the state.
President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday sent troops to help police end the violence and looting caused by the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma.
South East KwaZulu-Natal – Zuma’s home region – is the epicenter of unrest.
Protests erupted last week shortly after Zuma began serving a 15-month sentence for canceling a corruption investigation that affected his nine years in office.
The violence has so far been reported in the two most populous provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, the economic hub of Johannesburg.