A vegetable stall on the streets of Daveyton ensured that a single mother of three could financially provide for her family daily.
But it all was destroyed when looters stole everything in the stall before they set it alight on Sunday evening.
Ellen Mlangu (21) said her single mom, Marth (53) had the vegetable stall for the past 25 years.
“We have lost everything. We don’t know how we will survive,” an emotional Mlangu said.
She said her mother was still inconsolable on Tuesday.
“We recently lost my dad after a sickbed, and now this.”
Mlangu said her family, mother, and two siblings aged 17 and 12, depended on the income.
She said that while the situation in the area was under control and calm on Tuesday, they were still worried about where their next meal will come from.
“People should stop. They are destroying the places where we get out bread from.
Mlangu furthermore said her mother is a hard worker who has always provided for them.
“I am currently a second-year student, and all thanks to my mother.”
This vegetable stall was one of several stalls on the same street that was destroyed during the violent protests in Johannesburg on Sunday evening.
At least 45 people have died in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng because of the protests, looting, and public violence that has gripped the regions since former President Jacob Zuma was imprisoned last week.
Minister of Police Bheki Cele, said 757 people – 304 in KZN and 453 in Gauteng – have been arrested, thus far, when speaking at the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster briefing on Tuesday.
“South Africa is a democratic state that is governed by the Constitution. As the President stated in his address to the nation last night, 12 July 2021 ‘our Constitution guarantees the right of every person to protest, to organise, and to engage in free expression and free association,” said Cele.
The looting of businesses and shops continued in several parts of the country on Tuesday afternoon.