The Charlotte Observer

S. Africa leader visits city, vows to make arrests


South Africa’s leader went to Johannesbu­rg’s Soweto township Sunday to view badly damaged shopping centers where people were trampled to death in rioting sparked by the imprisonme­nt of former President Jacob Zuma.

President Cyril Ramaphosa toured the Ndofaya Mall in Soweto, where at least 10 people died. He vowed the violent protesters will “be arrested, all those who are behind this damage. We are going to make sure that they are ... sent to prison for a long time.”

South Africa’s unrest erupted earlier this month when Zuma began serving a 15-month sentence for contempt amid allegation­s of corruption.

At least 212 people died; 2,500 have been arrested.

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