Some signs of hope as ripple effects of riots spread


Some signs of hope as ripple effects of riots spread

Fuel supplies and health services take a knock after days of protests and looting in KZN and Gauteng

Sunday Times reporters

Day six of sweeping riots in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal brought food and fuel panic buying, pressure mounted on President Cyril Ramaphosa to deploy more soldiers, and new Zulu King Misuzulu kaZwelithini described the violence as “suicide”.

Civilians continued fighting back, with taxi drivers, private security companies and ordinary civilians stepping up to protect their businesses and communities. 

The death toll stood at more than 70 people, with some 1,754 arrested for looting, violence and arson. The riots remained concentrated in Gauteng and KZN with minor incidents reported in other parts of the country...

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