South African unrest has claimed 212 lives, according to the government – a significant increase from the 117 announced the day before.
Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, a government minister, told a news conference that the majority of the new fatalities had occurred in the southeastern province of KwaZulu-Natal, the epicenter of the violence.
However, she stated that the situation was “gradually and firmly returning to normalcy.”
Ntshavheni stated that 1,488 additional incidents were reported in KZN overnight, but provided no further information.
In the last 24 hours, the province has also reported 89 deaths. According to Ntshavheni, over 2,550 people have been arrested.
There were no new reports of violence or looting in Gauteng province, which includes Johannesburg, where 56 cases of violence or looting have been recorded since the unrest began a week ago.
President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is scheduled to address the nation on Friday night, previously stated that the unrest was “planned” and that the government would pursue those responsible.