Aerials showed crowds ransacking or setting ablaze shopping malls in cities across South Africa on Tuesday (July 13), with dozens of people reported killed, as grievances unleashed by the jailing of ex-president Jacob Zuma boiled over into the worst violence in years.
Protests that followed Zuma’s arrest last week have widened into looting and an outpouring of general anger over the hardship and inequality that persist 27 years after the end of apartheid.
Soldiers have been sent onto the streets to try to contain the unrest.
Hundreds of looters raided warehouses and supermarkets in Durban, one of the busiest shipping terminals on the African continent and an import-export hub.
Aerial footage from local channel eNCA showed black smoke rising from several Durban warehouses, while debris lay strewn.
The rand, which had been one of the best performing emerging market currencies during the pandemic, dropped to a three-month low on Tuesday, and local and hard currency bonds suffered.
(Production: Mussab al-Khairalla, Marissa Davison)