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South African crowds rampage overnight, defying calls for end to violence, looting

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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Crowds looted shops and businesses in South Africa on Wednesday, defying government calls for an end to a week of violence that has killed more than 70 people, wrecked hundreds of businesses and shut down a refinery. Protests that followed the jailing of ex-president Jacob Zuma last week for failing to appear at a corruption inquiry have widened into looting and an outpouring of general anger over the hardship and inequality that persist 27 years after the end of apartheid. Shopping malls and warehouses have been ransacked or set ablaze in several cities, mostly in Zum…

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