Government gives you hope, then takes it away, say ‘looters’

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Government gives you hope, then takes it away, say ‘looters’

A number of those close to the recent unrest in Alexandra have taken part in peace dialogues to exchange views

Senior journalist

A group of suspected looters gathered at the Alexandra police station on Thursday, where, with no police officer taking their statements, they volunteered information about their involvement.

They were invited into the boardroom to join a peace dialogue facilitated by a social worker, where they were given the chance to explain what drove the unrest that crippled large parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng the week before last.

As the Alexandra community in Johannesburg grappled with the aftermath, ongoing raids by police seeking to recover loot and parents and victims trying to understand what happened, participants in peacemaking dialogues have opened up about their motives and pain. ..

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