In a nation where the harsh reality of crime has cast a shadow over daily life, a recent video posted by farmer Justin Chadwick from KwaZulu-Natal has introduced a delightful and unexpected twist to the often somber narrative of truck looting.
The municipal head office in Swellendam was torched while several other buildings and shops were looted as protesters went on the rampage this morning.
When paramedics arrived at the scene, they found that the truck had tipped right across the freeway, blocking the entire road as drivers tried to make alternative routes. As oranges tumbled from the huge industrial vehicle, passers-by took the moment of chaos to nab fruit.
DA KZN spokesperson on transport Sharon Hoosen has called out the state of the provinces’ dire situation, demanding an urgent report from law enforcement to curb the chaos.
An unmasked man caught on camera allegedly setting a truck on fire is just one among a dozen identified in relation to the spate of trucks doused in flames on Sunday night in KwaZulu-Natal.
A deep-dive investigation by Al Jazeera has revealed some of Southern Africa’s largest gold-smuggling operations, exposing how the gangs are brazenly looting the nation.
Mbuso Moloi has come to be known as the ‘Mercedes Woolies Looter’ ever since footage of him went viral in July last year.
Criminal proceedings against Mbuso Moloi, who has come to be known as the ‘Mercedes Woolies Looter’, continue.
In order to communicate with one another, many residents used an app that turns your phone into a walkie-talkie of sorts. It wasn’t long before those looking to loot caught on.
South Africans will never forget the scenes of unrest that swept across large parts of the country last month.
In KwaZulu-Natal, a large blue sofa that was taken during last week’s looting had Twitter sleuths digging around.
According to filmmaker Anthony George Kirkwood, “no one could train you for what we have witnessed on the frontline”.
If you’re tired of reading about the looting and destruction, which is understandable, then I would recommend one final story on the matter.
Some KwaZulu-Natal residents paid as much as R180 000 for flights to Cape Town and R90 000 to Gauteng last week.
I know, you probably saw this video last week already. No harm in watching it again before you carry on with your day.
None of this is to excuse what has happened, but it is worth revisiting how gross inequality and poverty have helped fuel the past week’s events.
Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said that widely shared messages talking about seven Cape malls being targeted “drove me mad last night”.
What we have witnessed this past week or so are not merely random acts of violence, but rather a planned and executed “insurrection”, using social media mobilisation and the know-how of former uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) operatives.
The man filmed exiting a Durban Woolies as it was looted and hopping into a Mercedes-Benz has flatly denied any wrongdoing. Twitter sleuths never rest, though.
The tool tracks incidents of violence, looting, arson, protests, and other instability using only credible, verifiable reports.
When your citizens have so little, for so long, and their pleas for assistance go unanswered, desperation sets in. Some of the looting, however, was indefensible.