Mandy Wiener | South Africa cannot afford to fight on two fronts

A member of the SAPS storms after looters in the Lotsoho Mall in the Katlehong township in Gauteng.

The impact of the lawless riots and looting in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng on Monday was the shutdown of the economy and disastrous effects on health care, emergency services and the introduction of vaccines, writes write Mandy Wiener.

As shopping malls went up in flames, cars were set on fire, shopping carts full of flat-screen TVs and beer crates were pushed away, the country’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic was temporarily sidelined.

The practical ramifications of the lawless rioting and looting we witnessed in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng have been the shutdown of the economy and catastrophic effects on health care, emergency services, and the introduction of vaccines.

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