Dialysis centre looted in Soweto

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Dialysis centre looted in Soweto during violent riots in Gauteng

The Izinso Dialysis Centre in Soweto was of the many businesses and shops that were damaged and looted during the violent riots in Gauteng.

Dialysis centre looted in Soweto

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A dialysis centre in Soweto was one of the many businesses that were damaged and looted during the violent riots Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal the past week.

Looters recently ransacked and looted the Izinso Dialysis Centre in Soweto.


“Our hearts are truly saddened by the destruction and damage from the looting. 

“Although the patients have been accommodated, our Soweto unit of Izinso has been looted and is now closed for the time being.”

The centre offers help and support to kidney disease sufferers after being diagnosed.

Meanwhile, Ekuhlengeni Psychiatric Hospital in Ezimbokodweni near KwaMakhutha, south of Durban was also looted. 

The hospital is one of the very few psychiatric hospitals that cater for three districts in KwaZulu-Natal.

None of the hospital’s 580 psychiatric patients or staff were harmed. 

Among the hospital goods taken by the looters were computers, refrigerators, microwave ovens, chairs, and a WIFI router.

Police have arrested a total of 2 203 arrests have been made in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

In KwaZulu-Natal, 39 incidents have been reported and 392 additional arrests, which cumulatively arrests are 1478.

While in Gauteng, police arrested 139 additional with a cumulative total of 725 arrests.

Acting Minister in the Presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni furthermore said 25,000 South African Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers have been deployed.

“The specifics are that by this morning 10,000 boots were already on the ground by early this morning (Thursday) which is an increment from 5000 of yesterday morning.

“This largest internal deployment of the SANDF was for them to assist with the management of our first phase of COVID-19 Disaster Management.”

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The death toll in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng has risen to 117.

Ntshavheni furthermore said in a statement on Thursday evening that police have reported 26 deaths cumulatively in Gauteng related to violence.

“Reported deaths that have been verified as linked to the violence are cumulatively 91 in KwaZulu-Natal.”

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