Satellite images of violence in South Africa

Satellite images of violence in South Africa

Long lines for gas at Pietermaritzburg. High resolution here

New Delhi:

Maxar Technologies has collected new satellite images of South Africa that show the magnitude and intensity of the recent violence and looting that has taken place in multiple cities, including Durban and Pietermaritzburg.

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Looting at Kwamashu shopping center in Durban. High resolution here

The unrest followed protests sparked by the jail term of ex-President Jacob Zuma, who was given a 15-month jail term for rejecting a corruption investigation.

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Crowds surround Ayoba’s cold store in Durban. High resolution here

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Looting at Springfield shopping center in Durban. High resolution here

Zuma, whose home province is KZN, has the support of loyalists in the ruling African National Congress (ANC), who portray him as a champion of the poor.

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Looted and burned Brookside Mall, Pietermaritzburg. High resolution here

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People wait for food in Pietermaritzburg. High resolution here

In scenes that have stunned the nation, looters looted shops, pharmacies and in one case a blood bank, taking goods away while police stood by, seemingly powerless to act, AFP news agency reported.

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Crowds surround a building in Durban. High resolution here

The Maxar satellite images show dozens of supermarkets and grocery stores looted and debris scattered across buildings. Crowds of people can be seen nearby and buildings have been set on fire in a number of locations.

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Buildings set on fire during riots in Durban. High resolution here

Contemporary footage of Pietermaritzburg shows long lines of people waiting to get food outside the few supermarkets that remain open and queue in their cars to refuel.

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Looting at the Springfield shopping center in Durban. High resolution here

President Cyril Ramaphosa said today that the weeks-long wave of violence and looting that has rocked South Africa was “planned” and promised to track down those responsible as the number of deaths from the unrest reached 212.

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Long lines of people waiting for food in Pietermaritzburg. High resolution here

“It’s pretty clear that all these incidents of unrest and looting were instigated – there were people planning and coordinating it,” Mr Ramaphosa said on a visit to KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province, South Africa’s focal point after the apartheid. worst crisis.

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