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Protests which began after former South African President Jacob Zuma handed himself into police to serve a 15-month sentence have descended into days of violence and looting. The BBC has spoken to a few of the people caught in the middle. “We are on fire,” Ian — not his real name — tells the BBC from riot-hit Durban in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. In the last three days, he reckons he has managed an hour or two of sleep at a time. He and his team — who work for a private security company — are surviving on energy drinks as they wait and watch. They have given up trying to stop the looting which has destroyed so many buildings since protests calling for South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma to be freed from jail began last week. Ian has heard reports of three security guards being killed since the weekend.

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