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Watch incredible scenes of looters clearing shops amid riots in South Africa

Rioters looted shops and threw stones at police on Tuesday as violent protests triggered by the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma spread across South Africa.

Shocking footage shows dozens of looters clearing shelves like locusts and brazenly marching out of stores to load their hauls into awaiting cars.

The military prepared to send in 2,500 troops as outnumbered police seemed helpless to prevent attacks on businesses in Zuma's home province KwaZulu-Natal and in Gauteng province, where the country's biggest city, Johannesburg, is located.

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