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South Africa riots death toll rises to 276

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The death toll in South Africa from the violence that followed the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma has risen to 276.

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Thousands of businesses were looted in the riots that mainly affected the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

It was a level of violence unprecedented in post-apartheid South Africa.

Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, a minister in the president’s office, said 234 people had died in KwaZulu-Natal and another 42 in Gauteng.

The unrest has now largely subsided following the deployment of 25,000 soldiers.

Police were carrying out “mopping-up operations to ensure opportunistic and copycat activities do not find traction”, the AFP news agency quotes Ms Ntshavheni as saying.

A former DJ appeared in court on Wednesday on charges of inciting the violence – he is one of about a dozen people prosecutors believe instigated the unrest.

Several thousand others have been arrested for looting.

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