July riots

The civil unrest that hit KZN and Gauteng in mid-July caused billions of Rands in damages. Photograph: Image via Twitter: @BraaiKing_Bad

‘Our mall is gone’: Regretful looter says peer pressure made her do it

One of the people who looted a KwaZulu-Natal mall has spoken out about her regret now that the mall is no more. Mzansi seemingly has no remorse…

July riots

The civil unrest that hit KZN and Gauteng in mid-July caused billions of Rands in damages. Photograph: Image via Twitter: @BraaiKing_Bad

In July this year, many parts of South Africa were brought to a stand-still as events of looting and destruction of property took place. The unrest that was brought along by former president Jacob Zuma’s detainment saw many jobs lost and lives taken as people unlawfully helped themselves to furniture and groceries across the country.

One looter has since spoken out about her regret.

The nationwide unrest that almost crippled SA

July was a difficult month for many South Africans who read about and watched on TV how people stormed shopping malls and grocery stores. Millions of rands were lost as people walked off with trolleys full of TV sets and groceries as part of the unrest that started as protests for Jacob Zuma to be released from prison.

People also torched buildings and shopping centres and as a result, malls closed down for weeks while trying to do damage control. Some businesses, unfortunately, could not make a comeback resulting in thousands of jobs and money lost.

Mail & Guardian reports that the damage caused during the unrest is estimated at R20 billion in KwaZulu-Natal while the national economic loss is estimated at R50 billion.

Many people now find themselves having to go the extra mile while trying to do their shopping because of the malls and businesses that have been permanently shut down.

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A regretful looter speaks out

One looter has since spoken out regarding the events that have changed many lives for the worst. One of the people who looted Philani Valley Mall in KwaZulu-Natal deeply regrets her actions.

According to an article by EWN, the woman blames peer pressure for becoming a looter. She says that she was able to get groceries while looting but the groceries are long since finished and now they have been left without a mall.

“It was peer pressure, really. I took food items, but now our mall is gone,” she said.

Mzansi weighs in

While some did not think peer pressure caused the various instances of looting but rather the big unemployment crisis in South Africa. Others criticised the woman for trying to shift the blame towards other people. Here are some of their thoughts:

@ndubsa said:

“They looted out of desperation because our government fails dismally to create job opportunities, can we blame them for their actions? hell No! It’s just that the unfortunate part is it never provided any positive and permanent results but only a temporal solution”

@miguelgomes said:

“You’re desperate, you see others taking stuff so you decide to take as well….so why then after that torch the place? I’m sorry but I don’t feel any remorse for the looters who after stealing still went one step further and torched the businesses that they looted from.”

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