The government of South Africa has revealed on Friday, July 16 2021 that 212 people have died as a result of the unrest, up from 117 the day before.

The majority of the additional fatalities according to government minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni occurred in the southeastern province of KwaZulu-Natal, which has been the epicentre of the violence.

However, she claimed that things were “gradually and firmly returning to normal.”

Ntshavheni stated that 1,488 additional events occurred overnight in KZN, but did not provide further specifics.

In the last 24 hours, the province has recorded an additional 89 deaths.

According to Ntshavheni, around 2,550 persons have been arrested.

There were no fresh instances reported in Gauteng province, which includes Johannesburg, South Africa’s financial hub, where 56 acts of violence or looting had been registered since the turmoil began a week ago.