South Africa seeks to deploy 25,000 troops to curb unrest

Fears of food and fuel shortages as sixth day of disruption to farming, manufacturing and oil refining take toll

The South African government has sought to deploy about 25,000 troops to curb unrest, now in its sixth day, amid fears of food and fuel shortages as disruption to farming, manufacturing and oil refining begin to bite.

Seventy-two people have died and more than 1,200 people arrested, according to official figures, since the former president, Jacob Zuma, began a 15-month jail term, sparking protests that swiftly turned violent.

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