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South African Riot Deaths Hit 117 as Army Starts Restoring Calm

  • Uprising is deadliest since white minority rule ended in 1994
  • Gauteng, the biggest economic hub, may stabilize on Friday
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WATCH: South Africa will ramp up the number of soldiers deployed to quell days of riots that have resulted in at least 72 deaths and more than 1,700 arrests. (Source: Quicktake)
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South Africa’s death toll from days of riots rose to 117 even as the worst of the violence appeared to ease, with the deployment of thousands of soldiers starting to take effect.

Authorities have arrested almost 1,500 people, including one of 12 who allegedly helped instigate the unrest, resulting in rampant looting and the destruction of businesses in two key provinces, acting Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni told reporters in Pretoria, the capital, on Thursday.