South Africa Zuma riots - Ramaphosa deploys 25,000 troops as looting and violence rages.

Vigilantes in South Africa have said they are "willing to die" to protect the streets from looters as a 14-year-old boy was reportedly shot dead by taxi drivers guarding a mall.

South Africans have taken matters into their own hands as security forces struggle to contain an eruption of violence sparked by the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma.

At least 72 people have died and more than 1,200 arrested as thousands of people ransacked shops, stealing food, electrical appliances, alcohol and clothes.

Shocking images showed hundreds of people running towards a warehouse on Wednesday and tearing through containers as the violence battered the country for a sixth day.

Defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said 25,000 troops will be deployed in the coming days to assist the overrun security forces.

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