A series of ongoing riots and protests in response to the arrest of former president Jacob Zuma began in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal on the evening of 9 July 2021, and spread to the province of Gauteng on the evening of 11 July. As of 13 July, 72 people have died in the unrest, and 1,234 have been arrested.
Zuma was taken into custody after declining to testify at the Zondo Commission, an inquiry into allegations of corruption during his term as president from 2009 to 2018. The riots began as protests by his supporters in KwaZulu-Natal before escalating to widespread looting and violence throughout KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. The Constitutional Court reserved judgement on Zuma's application to rescind his sentence on 12 July 2021.