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Death toll mounts in South Africa rioting after Zuma jailing

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The death toll from rioting in South Africa rose to 45 on Tuesday as police and the military tried to halt the unrest in poor areas of two provinces that began last week after the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma.

The 79-year-old handed himself to authorities on Wednesday to begin a 15-month sentence.

Many of the deaths in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces occurred in chaotic stampedes as scores of people stole food, electric appliances, liquor and clothing from stores, officials said.

The jailing of a former president is unprecedented in South Africa, which has been gripped by Zuma’s legal turmoil.

He was sentenced for contempt of court, after failing to attend an inquiry into corruption during his presidency.

Zuma denies corruption and has not co-operated with the legal process.

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The moment he was shot dead (CCTV)

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