Army deployed to contain violence and looting in South Africa
13 July 2021 | 11:34 am
South Africa deploys troops to contain what President Cyril Ramaphosa describes as unprecedented violence. Six people have been killed after several days of rioting sparked by the jailing of ex-president Jacob Zuma. Also, Tunisia launches an appeal for donations to help its overwhelmed health system. New Covid-19 infections are also on the rise in Morocco and Algeria. And we tell you how one Kenyan shoemaker has profited from the country's coronavirus lockdown.
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