Violence in South Africa: Sky correspondent describes “absolute chaos” when food stores were looted | World news

Several food stores and a travel depot were “raided” and “looted” by people in Durban, while parts of South Africa continued to be ravaged by violence.

Sky News correspondent John Sparks described the scene in the Mobeni area as “absolute chaos” and “out of control” as looters “tow” what was in the facilities.

He said they brought cars and trucks to refuel their vehicles with whatever they could get their hands on.

There have been mass looting and rioting in several locations in the city and elsewhere in the country, including some areas of Johannesburg such as Vosloorus.

Food stores were searched in Durban

The unrest was sparked by the arrest of the former president last week Jacob Zumathat has turned into two of too days of looting South Africathe nine provinces of KwaZulu-Natal, where Durban is located, and Gauteng, to which Johannesburg also belongs.

At least 72 people were killed and 1,234 were arrested in waves of rioting. The violence has not spread to the country’s other seven provinces where police are on alert.

Many of the deaths were caused by chaotic storms as thousands of people stole food, electrical appliances, alcohol and clothing from stores, police said.

The government said 2,500 soldiers were stationed on the streets to assist officers and try to restore law and order.

But Sparks said the army was nowhere to be seen as people were just “helping themselves”.

He added, “This is really out of control.”

Extraordinary scenes in Mobeni, Durban, when thousands of people raid grocery stores and a travel depot … people are hungry but here people have brought trucks and cars and crammed them with whatever they can grab.

– John Sparks (@sparkomat) July 14, 2021

“What we have here is something very extraordinary. People have broken into food stores and they are clearing them out, they are emptying them.”

Among the items stolen were mattresses, kitchen utensils, and sardine boxes.

Some shopping malls continued to be attacked to the east of Johannesburg, while police and army units patrolled shopping malls and streets in the municipality of Soweto south of the city.

The incumbent minister in the presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, said the government was working with the consumer council to ensure food security.

Durban police roadblock operated by a handful (5) officers … Looters are stopped but they don’t have the infrastructure to arrest them …

– John Sparks (@sparkomat) July 14, 2021

There were fears of anarchy and looting could lead to food shortages.

It claimed that sending troops into the streets was starting to have the desired effect.

She said: “We have received positive reports that using additional law enforcement agencies is producing positive results as fewer cases of violence and looting are reported.”

She added: “5,000 members of the National Defense Forces are already deployed on the ground. Police officers, supported by the military, work tirelessly to bring the country back to peace and stability and to bring those responsible for the instability quickly. “Book.”

Sparks had previously been to another mass looting location where people told him they were “hungry”.

Former South African President Jacob Zuma

Former South African President Jacob Zuma was jailed last week

Many South Africans lost their jobs during the pandemic, including during the lockdown, and they “led a very hand-to-mouth life”.

Sparks said the COVID restrictions “hurt people here”.

According to official statistics, more than half of the country’s 60 million people live in poverty and the unemployment rate is 32%.

Violence broke out after Zuma served a 15-month prison sentence for disobeying the court.

During his tenure from 2009 to 2018, he was detained for refusing to comply with a court order to testify in a government-sponsored investigation into allegations of corruption.

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