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117 dead, 20,000 troops deployed as unrest persists in South Africa

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At least 117 persons have died and 1700 arrested in the unrest that has continued to rock South Africa for the eighth day.

Protests erupted last week Friday when former South African President Jacob Zuma, 79, turned himself in to authorities to serve a 15-month jail term for contempt of court. He had refused to appear at an anti-corruption commission to face several allegations, including bribery and fraud, which he has repeatedly denied.

However, the unrest widened into grievances over inequality and poverty.

Aljazeera reports that more than 20,000 troops have been deployed to assist police in quelling week-long unrest, as the death toll soared to 117 people in the rioting and looting following the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma, authorities said on Thursday.

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