Jul 26, 2021

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LIVE UPDATES | Rebuilding SA: So what happens to the looted goods now?

July 20 2021 – 12:00

‘It is not encouraging looting’: Duduzane Zuma responds to criticism over his ‘loot responsibly’ advice

Former president Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane has denied instigating unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, saying what he said in a viral video last week was taken out of context.

The controversial businessman came under fire for telling protesters and looters to do so “carefully and responsibly”. The 12-minute-long video was shared on Instagram.

Speaking toNewzroom Afrikaon Monday, Duduzane said those condemning his view should listen to the rest of the video clip. He said the video was recorded about four days into the demonstrations and sought to clarify that he had not instigated the unrest.

The incarceration of the former president triggered violent protests and demands for his release by supporters in KZN. The unrest later spread to Gauteng.

“It is definitely not encouraging looting,” said Duduzane.

July 20 2021 – 11:05

‘Some of the looters were regulars at my pub. I feel betrayed’

The opening of Dragon Lounge pub in Stanger, Durban, was Wayne Sukhu’s proudest moment. But after a cleanup operation with the help of his friends at the weekend, he is not sure it will ever open again.

The business had been growing before the looting started, he said.

“I have lost everything. What they couldn’t take, they broke. No businesses survived in our plaza. They made sure they destroyed the place. They couldn’t carry the big fridges so they smashed and destroyed them.

“We take business loans and risks to start a business. I don’t have insurance. I was hoping to grow first.”

The lockdown made things difficult though.

July 20 2021 – 09:55

KZN mall takes flak for thanking Cele and police for protection during unrest, without acknowledging public

A Pietermaritzburg shopping centre has apologised to its customers after it took flak for thanking the police for “their support” when unrest swept through the KwaZulu-Natal capital.

Liberty Midlands Mall posted a photograph of police minister Bheki Cele at the mall on Monday on Facebook.

“Liberty Midlands Mall would like to sincerely thank the SA Police Service for their support during the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal last week. Photographed is SA minister of police Bheki Cele during his on-site visit to the mall, together with the Liberty Midlands Mall management team,” read the caption.

July 20 2021 – 09:33

So what happens to the looted goods now? Here are 3 things we know

After a week of violent unrest and looting in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, police have recovered thousands of rand worth of items stolen from warehouses and retail stores.

On Monday, police followed up on tip-offs from community membersin both provinces to recover thousands of suspected stolen goods.

But what happens to the 40-inch flat-screen TVs and fancy couches now?

Here are three things we know so far about the recovered goods.

July 20 2021 – 07:30

Mzansi reacts to former Ukhozi FM presenter Ngizwe Mchunu handing himself over to authorities

There have been mixed reactions on social media to the arrest of former Ukhozi FM personality Ngizwe Mchunu.

Mchunu, a staunch supporter of Jacob Zuma,left police headquarters in Durban in handcuffs on Monday and is expected to face charges in Gauteng.

According toTimesLIVE, his lawyers and the police could not confirm what charges he will face. He told hissocial mediafollowers on Saturday that he would hand himself over in connection with allegedly instigating unrest in KwaZulu-Natal since the arrest of the former president.

July 20 2021 – 06:15

Durban’s frail and elderly go hungry after looting and violence

While thousands of panicked residents queued for hours to secure basic essentials in the wake of looting, for Durban’s elderly and frail the prospect of replenishing supplies has been dismal.

The dire situation prompted urgent appeals from old-age homes for donations of tea, milk, bread, pasta and eggs to tide them over for a few days.

Femada Shamam, CEO of The Association for the Aged (Tafta), which houses about 1,500 pensioners in 13 residences across Durban, said the possibility of food insecurity invoked deep concern and stress among their residents and staff.

“The unrest that we have seen in Durban and surrounding areas has severely impacted on the supply chain of food that is accessible to our residents.

July 20 2021 – 06:00

How a woman’s quest to stay abreast proved best for moms affected by looting

When 28-year-old Rialda de Vaal was unable to breastfeed her premature baby girl, she froze the milk, thinking someone might need it one day.

Last week, as parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng went up in flames, the Klerksdorp mother of three — aged six months, four and five — became a saving grace for at least eight women battling to get milk for their little ones. They responded to a Facebook post by De Vaal.

“I have had a few mothers from KZN and Gauteng contacting me in desperate need of milk, as in some shops there’s no formula available,” she said.

This week she will send 12 litres of milk to two women in Johannesburg.