Community members joined security guards and police Thursday night to prevent possible looting at a shopping center near Pietermaritzburg.
Hammarsdale City Councilor Lungisani Sikhakhane told TimesLIVE on Friday, It emerged that Junction Mall was at risk of looting as large crowds gather around 9:30 p.m.
The incident came amid threats of a nationwide shutdown on Friday prompting police and other authorities to do so , deploying law enforcement officers in anticipation of protest, violence or looting.
“We have heard rumors in the area about the looting that is about to take place. Our community members stood up and said we will not allow this to happen again. If you can remember, we had a very difficult time in July last year. You couldn’t get bread – some people paid R25.”
The community decided they did not want to repeat the hardships they endured, with many saying they were still trying to recover.
Groups of community members patrolled outside the mall on Friday, warming up in front of fires.
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