Protest erupted in South Africa on Saturday following the imprisonment of former President of the country, Jacob Zuma.
His supporters launched a massive protest over his imprisonment, burning trucks, commercial property, and blocking major roads in KwaZulu-Natal province, to demand his immediate release.
TOS News had reported that Zuma started serving a 15-month sentence for contempt of court earlier this week. His bid to be released from the Estcourt Correctional Centre was rejected by a regional court on Friday and he is set to make another attempt with the country’s apex court Monday.
His supporters in KwaZulu-Natal, his home area, blocked roads, set trucks on fire and damaged shops which they then looted at various spots in the province.
At Mooi River, near Pietermaritzburg, about 20 trucks were stopped and set on fire early Saturday, according to witnesses.
Police said they arrested 27 people involved in the burning and looting.
Increased numbers of police were deployed to affected areas where they monitored entrances to major highways and searched vehicles. Some motorists were turned away from areas hit by the protests.
The protesters had earlier threatened violence should the former president be sent to prison.