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The Most Destructive Rioting in South African History
Brazen looting and malicious destruction of property has devastated the South African economy. These riots since the 9th of July, which are still continuing in many areas, are being described as “the worst” and “most destructive” in the history of South Africa. 8 Factories, 11 warehouses, 200 shopping mall complexes, 161 liquor stores and 50 schools in KZN have been looted and torched.
The eThekwini municipality in KwaZulu/Natal calculates that the damage to infrastructure, property and equipment in their municipality alone exceeds 15 Billion Rand. They also noted that 150,000 jobs have been lost in their community and municipality alone. 40,000 businesses have been impacted, most of whom may never recover. Additionally 50,000 informal traders have lost their livelihoods and 1.5 million people have lost their potential to earn an income.