EDITORIAL | Cyril must honour promise to help riot victims

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EDITORIAL | Cyril must honour promise to help riot victims

Between Sasria and Treasury, those firms affected by the recent looting, rioting, vandalism and arson must be paid out

Editorial

Exactly two months ago pro-Jacob Zuma protest action began in Durban with a few fiery blockades, spreading to some of KwaZulu-Natal’s main highways. By nightfall, about 30 trucks had gone up in flames at the Mooi River toll plaza, sparking a weeklong maelstrom of death and destruction.

The civil unrest - fuelled by a campaign to release the former president who started his 15-month prison sentence for contempt of court on July 8 - claimed 337 lives in KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Gauteng.

This week, the state-owned risk insurer, Sasria, that offers cover for damage from riots, strikes and public disorder, revealed it had received claims of up to R25bn as a result of the weeklong looting, rioting, vandalism and arson...

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