THREE days of violence started in some parts of KwaZulu-Natal and spread to Johannesburg, Soweto in Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga. The South African Police have arrested 62 people in connection with criminal acts. Police believe the protests calling for the release of Jacob Zuma, who is serving his 15-month sentence for contempt, has been hijacked by criminal elements.
In Alexandra, a police officer was shot and rushed to hospital. Two other officers sustained minor injuries when they responded to information about businesses being looted. The police said 18 people were arrested.