PICS | 15 images from the public riots taking place in parts of the country

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Durban shopping centers and businesses looted over the weekend.
Durban shopping centers and businesses looted over the weekend.
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The public riots which started recently in some parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng have continued into Monday where large groups of people have gathered in different parts of the country to protest and loot inside shopping malls and shopping centres.

On Monday afternoon, The Presidency announced that President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation to talk about government's response to this matter. 

"The address will follow the announcement by the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) that it has commenced with pre-deployment processes and procedures in line with a request for assistance received from the National Joint Operational & Intelligence Structure." 

According to reports, Brookside Mall in Pietermaritzburg was set alight on Monday morning and while firefighters were battling the blaze, looters were allegedly taking food, furniture, clothing and appliances from different shops in the shopping centre.

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In Gauteng, major roads such as the M2 highway have been closed by protestors who blocked the road with rocks and burning tires. In some townships, such as Alexandra and Soweto, malls continue to be looted and vandalised by protesters, despite the president saying that those who are involved in acts of violence would be arrested and prosecuted.

The protestors are calling for the release of former President, Jacob Zuma, who was arrested on Wednesday evening and sentenced to 15 months of prison for contempt of court after he failed to appear before the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture as ordered by the court.

Many have taken to social media to share the images and videos of the violent protests that are happening in the country under the hashtag #Zumaunrest and #ShutdownSA which have topped the trends list on Twitter.

Here are 15 images and videos from the scenes.

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