Some South Africans have taken advantage of ongoing protests over the jailing of former President, Jacob Zuma to launch an assault on businesses owned by Whites and Nigerians.
Yesterday in Johannesburg and Pietermaritzburg, the capital of the southeastern KwaZulu-Natal province, looters ravaged malls for the 5th day running.
Scores of women, men and children strolled into a butcher’s cold store in the city suburb of Soweto, coming out with loaded boxes of frozen meat on their shoulders or heads.
A sole private security guard was seen standing by helplessly, frantically trying to make calls.
Police showed up three hours later and fired rubber bullets. South Africa’s white population, many of whom possessed guns had to take up arms to defend their communities against the rioters.
The unrest erupted last Friday after Zuma started serving a 15-month term for snubbing a probe into the corruption that stained his nine years as South Africa’s President.
The toll in KwaZulu-Natal stands at 26, premier Sihle Zikalala told a news conference on Tuesday, a day after officials confirmed six deaths in Gauteng province.
“These were people killed during stampedes as protesters ran riot,” Zikalala said, without specifying which parts of the province.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.