The violence in South Africa has killed at least 212 people last week, up from 117 the day before. Since the detention of former president Jacob Zuma a week ago, deadly riots have taken place in several cities and entire shopping centers are looted and destroyed.

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says the violence is planned in his country.

It is "pretty clear" according to Ramaphosa that people have been incited to the unrest in the KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng regions.

Ramaphosa says authorities have an eye on 12 suspects.

They are said to have planned and coordinated the riots.

One of them has been arrested.

The rest are under stricter police surveillance.

In total, more than 2,500 people have been arrested in connection with the unrest, including for theft.

The new victims mainly fell in KwaZulu-Natal, but the government says the situation there is gradually but steadily normalizing.

The damage from the looting and destruction is estimated at around 1 billion dollars (850 million euros).

More than eight hundred stores were robbed in KwaZulu-Natal alone.

Thousands of people may lose their jobs because many entrepreneurs could not afford insurance.


South Africans loot shops after ex-president Zuma . incarcerated

Demonstrations escalated into riots

The large-scale riots started because of Zuma's incarceration.

He was sentenced to 15 months in prison for contempt of the judiciary for refusing to cooperate in a corruption investigation during his presidency.

He is still popular among a section of the population.

Initially there were protests against Zuma's prison sentence, but the situation quickly spiraled out of control.

Looting and vandalism followed.

South African authorities said criminals used the opportunity to commit crimes.

The South African government has summoned 25,000 troops to the area.

All armed forces must also be ready to be called up.