Dec 5, 2022

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20 stories you need to read about one year after the July 2021 unrest

It’s been a year since civil unrest, looting and crime gripped parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, and South Africans are still trying to pick up the pieces.

The violence and looting broke up After days of protests in KwaZulu-Natal related to the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma, they quickly spread to parts of Gauteng.

The riots left 354 dead, communities in shambles and Damages in the billions.

“They were killed like stray dogs”: One year later, where is the justice for those murdered in the July riots?

” It’s like they killed stray dogs that night… no one is held responsible for my son’s death. The police have been silent since we buried Sihle on July 20th last year.”

One year after the violent riots that plunged parts of SA into anarchy and claimed 354 victims, Sihle Kotelani’s mother Hlengiwe, fought back tears during an interview at her home in Amaoti, Inanda, KwaZulu-Natal.

For eight dark days in July last year, South Africans watched in horror as violence swept the country Rampage of looting and death as protests over the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma rocked KwaZulu-Natal and quickly descended into lawlessness and looting.

During a six-month investigation, the Sunday Times identified 199 people as one of them were murdered during the KwaZulu-Natal riots, most of whom were shot from behind. Another 38 were murdered in Gauteng.

Kotelani’s name is included in a record obtained by the Sunday Times. The record includes the names of most of the dead and how and where they died. However, many of the victims remain unnamed and are simply entered as “unknown”.

EDITORIAL | A year later all we have is an unfinished business.

What makes the deaths even more tragic is that they are both a product of our broken politics and a consequence of stubborn security the rift that has widened in the ANC between President Cyril Ramaphosa and supporters of former President Jacob Zuma.

A year ago it became clear that Zuma supporters would stop at nothing to keep their hero out of jail , including burning the country.

With the many crises the country is facing, there is still a real danger that political opportunists will capitalize on real grievances to foment unrest in the future. Will the government be ready next time?

CLOCK | “I have to accept the result of the looting” – Amanzimtoti youngster explains why he joined friends in looting

On the evening of July 12, 2021, Ntokozo Banda was sitting with a friend and some acquaintances a car when they pulled up near the Southgate Business Park near Amanzimtoti, south of Durban.

The group entered the industrial complex, which is filled with shops selling everything from forklifts and air conditioning to packaging and Selling vehicle parts.

Hours later, the 22-year-old prospective architect from KwaMakhutha left Southgate with life-changing injuries bound for the Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital in Umlazi. He was allegedly shot in the spine by a police officer from the Amanzimtoti Police Station.

WATCH | “I had to watch my son’s lifeless body with the bullet hole in his head for almost a day.”

On July 12 last year, Simphiwe Mkhwanazi’s mother sent him to charge her flash machine .

The mother of the promising 16-year-old soccer star, Thokozile Mkhize, runs a spaza shop in Inanda, north of Durban. That night she asked him to charge the device she uses to sell electricity, airtime, and data tokens.

What should have been a simple errand turned into hell for Simphiwe. He was allegedly shot in the leg by security guards from Mambha Cash & Carry as he walked past.

For five days, Thokozile was unable to take her son to the hospital because neighborhood residents had set up burning barricades in Phoenix and he was lying to Phoenix home. By the time he got to the hospital, gangrene had developed and his leg had to be amputated.

“I got what I deserved”: Durban’s “Mercedes looters” apologize to SA

< p>On July 12, 2021, Mbuso Moloi destroyed his life when he decided to take part in the looting . Footage of him carrying a basket of groceries from a Woolworths store in Durban has been seen all over social media.

Moloi, forever known as the Woolies looter or Mercedes looters, is now apologizing to all South Africans through two letters he gave to The Sunday Times.

Moloi said, his name was tarnished when he was photographed carrying the basket of groceries he loaded into his father’s Mercedes-Benz C300 coupe.

He said, his decision to loot at the time was a bad reflection of his character and what he believed in.

“They took everything”: looted doctor rebuilds

Dr. Mpho Mushadu, of Ndofaya Medical Center in Meadowlands, Soweto, prefers not to speak about the looting last July. It destroyed his practice.

“That’s something I want to forget. Every time people ask about it, I don’t want to go there,” he said.

The medical center was destroyed when looters took everything and smashed in the walls and ceiling, although the building was still intact next to Meadowlands Police Station.

S’THEMBISO MSOMI | Lack of urgency to hold riot instigators accountable speaks volumes

In recent years it has become clear that many “persons of interest” that police would like to interview are in fact members of are government that have spent most of the year appearing on public platforms with the president whose government they appear to be intent on using illegal and violent means to overthrow.

It’s hard to believe that the authorities over the conspirators were in the dark who plunged the country into violence; maybe they were just too scared to take action against them, especially in a year when the ANC is heading towards an election conference that could produce a new leader.

July 2021 riots: KZN- Firms reluctant to rebuild capacity’

As the country this week marks the one-year anniversary of the July riots, larger companies in KwaZulu-Natal are reluctant to rebuild capacity to pre-riot levels Some companies , who are still struggling to recover, are considering relocating to other provinces.

Large companies that have tended to recover after last year’s events that affected KZN and parts of Gauteng fear , that there could be a recurrence as none of the masterminds of the chaos that took place between July 8th and 14th have been prosecuted.

SA’s famous blue sofa finds a forever home< /h3>

Recovered from a sidewalk in an informal settlement in Durban After being looted from a warehouse during the July riots, SA’s blue sofa will be moving into a children’s sofa for R67,999 next week.

The owner of the Leather Gallery , Terry Parry, said the item would be donated to the Wylie House Child and Youth Care Centre, a home in town for girls ages three to 18.

Businesses always trust KZN after the July riots not yet: CEO of the Durban Chamber

One year on from the July riots, investor confidence in KwaZulu-Natal has yet to be restored and many companies across the country are unsure of their money is safe in the province.

This is what Palesa Phili, CEO of the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said at a briefing to the media addressed by the Prime Minister of KwaZulu-Natal, Sihle Zikalala, on Friday.

People must en Facing the Wrath of the Law: Change the July 2021 riots

No one is above the law, including members of the ANC, who may have committed criminal acts during the July 2021 riots.

So said Defense Secretary Thandi Modise on Friday, speaking before a press conference by the Judiciary, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster (JCPS) on law enforcement following the riots and looting in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

LISTS | The July riots a year later, but no justice for the 237 murdered

The deaths during the riots paint a horrifying picture of bodies piling up in state morgues after many died in this darkness Eight days of looting and protests were murdered, with the police often nowhere to be found.

EDITORIAL | How can hundreds of people be murdered and no one held accountable?

“If anything proves our life is cheap, it has to be the callousness with which those who cling to involved in what we felt when the July riots killed and the subsequent lack of accountability.”

Family of teenager killed by police officer doesn’t believe they’re getting justice is

The family of Ntando Ndlovu, 14, allegedly killed by a police officer at Southgate shopping center in Pietermaritzburg, do not believe they will ever see justice.

Ntando was alive with his grandmother Margaret Thusi and older brother S’bonelo in France Township, 10km outside of town.

On the morning of July 8 last year, Thusi, who works for a fresh produce supplier in rural Thornville, said that she Ntando in S’bonelos Obh ut.

CLOCK | “Some want to loot again”: Soweto cleans up a year after July riots

A year after looting and rioting ravaged Jabulani Mall, we spoke to local residents of Soweto on the day her life changed forever.

July riots, shop blast: some say four died, some say six but others say more

In the morning on July 12, 2021 in Umzimkhulu, some 160 km southwest of Durban, a crowd gathered at the entrance to the city to loot shops. Their main target was Umzimkhulu Mall.

Their plan was foiled. The mall was guarded by other members of the community and heavily armed cab bosses. The crowd had no choice but to look at other businesses nearby.

36 arrests in Phoenix murders, Hawks investigating 8 counts of inciting riots in July 2021

< p>More than 2,435 cases related to criminal activity in last year’s civil unrest are on the court lists, with at least 50 cases resulting in convictions.

This is according to the Secretary of Defense Thandi Modise, speaking at a Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) Cluster briefing on Friday on law enforcement following the riots and looting in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

On Year after Ramaphosa addressed the July riots, what has changed?

It has been almost a year since President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation about devastating public violence, looting and crime , which covered parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

In a speech, Ramaphosa pledged to restore calm and authorized the deployment of the military to assist the police.

During a year thinking about life after the riots, here are claims and promises made by Ramaphosa during his addresses.

5 Names in the Spotlight at the Time

From former President Jacob Zuma to a Woolworths looter, a very expensive couch, and a parishioner who would lead to greater fame.

Here are five names that have been in the spotlight during the riots stood:

Were citizens the real heroes? Will there be another uprising? What you said about the July 2021 riots

As we watched the violence and heard the promises that action would be taken against the rioters and instigators, we asked you what you think of the Keep the riots down.

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