South African government asks for 25,000 troops to curb unrest • FRANCE 24 English

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    The #SouthAfrican government on Wednesday sought to to deploy around 25,000 #troops to curb #unrest, now in its sixth straight day, amid fears of food and fuel shortages as disruption to farming, manufacturing and oil refining began to bite. Seventy-two people have died and more than 1,200 people arrested, according to official figures, since former president Jacob Zuma began a 15-month jail term, sparking protests that swiftly turned violent.

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