South Africa violence: Tanks deployed amid looting and chaos after jailing of Jacob Zuma

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    South African authorities have sent troops into two provinces and cancelled all police leave as they struggle to contain a wave of violence sparked by the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma.

    At least 30 people have been killed and nearly 500 arrested in a spate of arson attacks and looting that began in Mr Zuma’s home province of Kwa-Zulu Natal after he began his prison term on Thursday night.

    The violence was “unprecedented” in post-apartheid South Africa, a visibly tired president Cyril Ramaphosa said in an address to the nation on Monday.

    Rioting has also spread to Gauteng, the province that includes Johannesburg, prompting over-stretched police to request army support.

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