Government urges Malawians in South Africa not to join the looting

By Durrell Namasani

The Malawi government has warned its’ citizens living in South Africa against taking part in the on-going violent protests and looting that have erupted hot on the heels of the jailing of former president, Jacob Zuma.

The call was made by Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Rejoice Shumba, who said government of Malawi is monitoring events in that country since Friday. According to Shumba the Malawi embassy in South Africa is reporting that no Malawian has so far been affected by the civil unrest in there.About six people have died and over 200 have been arrested in the violence especially in Kwazulu Natal and Geuteng Provinces.

Former president Zuma handed himself in to start serving a 15-month-jail-term for contempt of court which has infuriated his supporters.

Looting in South Africa

South Africa deployed soldiers on Monday to quell violence that erupted in the wake of former president Jacob Zuma’s jailing, after days of riots left at least six people dead.

Police said disturbances had intensified and 219 people arrested as the controversial ex-leader challenged his 15-month prison term in the country’s top court.