Lions “assured” of their safety in South Africa despite riots

Les lions britanniques et irlandais contre les Sharks à Johannesburg le 7 juillet 2021.

The number of victims of looting and arson in South Africa has risen in recent days, the British and Irish Lions have been assured of safety by tourist security officials on Wednesday. “South Africa is a large country and the Western Cape region is far from being one of the worst affected countries by the riots. This is the safest place in the country right now, ”the source added.

The looting and arson began after former President Jacob Zuma was jailed last week. His home province in the southeastern part of the country, KwaZulu-Natal, Johannesburg, and Gotteng, where the cities of Pretoria are located, were hit hard. As of Wednesday morning, at least 72 people had been killed in the unrest, most of them “joking about shoplifting incidents,” South African police said with the help of military personnel.

The Lions arrived in South Africa on June 28 for an eight-game tour and played Gauteng three times before flying to Cape Town last weekend. They still have three matches to play in South Africa. If the program is maintained, they will play their first Test against world champions Springbox on July 24 in Cape Town and then meet again on July 31 and August 7 in Johannesburg. The two Tests ending the tour will be held in Cape Town on July 24 due to sanitary conditions.

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