72 dead as violence, unrest continues in South Africa

Published on 14.07.2021

남아공 폭동 사망자 72명으로 급증…더반 등 약탈 지속

The situation in South Africa remains extremely tense.
Violence and looting continues to rage in parts of the country after the jailing of ex-president Jacob Zuma.
Amid the chaos, South Korean firms, LG Electronics and Samsung Electronics, have reported significant damage to their facilities in the country.
Kim Hyo-sun has more.
Outbursts of violence,... described as the deadliest and most unprecedented since the end of apartheid some 27 years ago, continue to flare up across parts of South Africa.
As of Tuesday, the death toll resulting from the violence and looting had jumped to over 70.
Many of the deaths occurred in chaotic stampedes as scores of people clambered over each other, trying to steal food, home appliances and clothing from retail stores.

"Look at how it is, what are we going to eat tomorrow? South Africa is going to be struggling tomorrow, we will be having nothing, people are fighting for something that is not even there."

A deployment of 25-hundred soldiers to support the police's efforts to contain the violence has done little to cool the unrest that was triggered by the jailing of former president, Jacob Zuma.
There has also been damage done to the local facilities of South Korean firms like LG and Samsung.
LG Electronics' TV manufacturing and distribution facilities in Durban burned down on Monday during a violent riot.
Samsung also reported property damage at the company's logistics center in eastern South Africa,... but the scale of the damage has yet to be confirmed.
The South Korean embassy in South Africa says it's making efforts to protect Korean nationals in the country.

"Our embassy is exerting every effort to protect South Korean nationals by maintaining close contact with the local Korean community and corporations."

The Durban Korean community say they are afraid to even step outside their homes due to the unrest even though they are running out of daily necessities.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.

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2021-07-14 07:00 (KST)

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