Police are investigating a total of about 170 deaths as a murder.
South Africa the death toll from the recent unrest has risen to nearly 280, the country’s authorities said on Wednesday. Earlier this week, the death toll was reported at 215.
According to the administration, more than 230 riots have been reported in KwaZulu-Natal and more than 40 in Gauteng.
Police investigates a total of about 170 deaths as murder. Some died when they were deported in the crowds, objects fell on top of some, and some died in burning buildings.
A total of six people have been arrested on charges of inciting violence. In addition, thousands of people have been arrested for looting.
The unrest began with the country’s former president Jacob Zuman after imprisonment. Zuma was sentenced to 15 months in prison for defying the court. He had refused to appear before the Judicial Panel on suspicions of corruption.