South Africa’s defense forces have decided to mobilize more than 20,000 troops to help police quell weeks of unrest and violence caused by the arrest of former President Jacob Zuma.
Troops will reportedly be reinforced in the two provinces most affected. Police and other security forces have struggled to contain the situation and have been heavily criticized for their inability to restore order.
South Africa’s National Defense Force also called on its entire 12,000-strong reserve. Trucks, armored personnel carriers and helicopters are being used to transport soldiers to the hot spots in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces.
It is noted that the armed patrols managed to secure stability in Gauteng, the most populous province of South Africa, which includes Johannesburg, the largest city in the country, writes Aljazeera.
According to police, at least 117 people have been killed and more than 2,200 arrested in the riots that began after former President Jacob Zuma was jailed.