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The First Person to be Convicted for South Africa’s 2021 Unrest 

A South African court has sentenced a former security guard to 12 years in prison for instigating deadly riots in support of ex-President Jacob Zuma. Zuma, who is not related to the former president, shared a video inciting people to loot and burn a mall. More than 200 shopping malls were looted and more than 150,000 jobs were estimated to have been lost during the unrest, which last for several days. Mdumiseni Zuma was working as a security guard at a shopping mall in KwaZulu-Natal’s Pietermaritzburg city when the riots took place. At least 350 people died in the unrest, the worst to hit South Africa since apartheid ended in 1994. Some of the ex-president’s supporters were angry that he had been imprisoned for contempt after refusing to co-operate with an inquiry into widespread corruption during his time in office.