Residents of Alexandra Township begin cleaning up after several days of looting on July 15, 2021 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by James Oatway/Getty Images)

South Africa President: Country returning to calm

The President of South Africa announced the country has regained stability after a week of bedlam. In a nationwide address on Friday, President Cyril Ramaphosa reported a drastic decline in incidents of rioting and looting that caused widespread turmoil after the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma.

Suspected looters who surrendered to armed private security officers are marched outside, in a flooded mall in Vosloorus, on July 13, 2021. - Stores in two South African provinces were ransacked for a fifth consecutive day, hours after President Cyril Ramaphosa deployed troops in a bid to quell unrest that has claimed 45 lives. The premier of Gauteng province, which includes Johannesburg, said 10 bodies were found late on July 12 at a looted shopping centre in Soweto, on the city's outskirts. (Photo by MARCO LONGARI / AFP) (Photo by MARCO LONGARI/AFP via Getty Images)

25K troops deployed in response to violence in South Africa

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the deployment of 25,000 troops throughout the nation in response to growing violence and looting. Reports on Friday stated the troops would help “defend the assets of the country,” while the president applauded ordinary citizens who have been working together with security forces.