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South Africa: Mother throws child from burning building as riots spread

A mother in Durban, South Africa, was yesterday forced to throw her baby from a building after it was set on fire by looters.

Reports indicate that the fire spread to the upper residential sections after the ground floor shops were set on fire by looters.

Almost 80 people have died and hundreds arrested in riots triggered by the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma last week. Zuma was thrown into the slammer for 15 months for contempt of court.

Media outlets in South Africa broadcast the moment the desperate woman dangled the child off the edge of the roof before throwing her down to a group of people. Luckily, the child landed safely onto the caring hands. She was later reunited with her mother.

Zuma, 79, was jailed for defying a court order to testify before an inquiry probing allegations of corruption during his term as president from 2009 to 2018. He is being held at Estcourt Correctional Centre.

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Wide-spread looting has been reported in various parts of the country. PHOTO/COURTESY

Rioting started in his home region of KwaZulu-Natal province and quickly spread to other parts of the country including Johannesburg and Durban.

More than half of South Africa’s 60 million people are living in poverty, with an unemployment rate of 32 per cent, according to official statistics.


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