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WATCH: KZN ‘Free Jacob Zuma’ protests turn to looting sprees

Sporadic protests that brought several parts of KZN on Friday have turned into a looting spree as shops and trucks were looted off goods.

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Sporadic protests in KwaZulu-Natal have turned into a looting spree as protestors looted shops and trucks off goods in the province. The protestors which are believed to be Jacob Zuma supporters looted Shoprite in KwaMashu and stole cash registers, they also looted Spar in South Beach, Durban.

Major roads and highways were blocked in the province with burning tyres and rocks. As of Sunday, authorities have confirmed that over 30 trucks have been torched. Infrastructure was also destroyed in these protests.


Police have been placed on high alert in the province and the ANC also called for calm and stability in the province.

“The destruction of property and infrastructure and looting accompany these violent protests must be condemned in the strongest possible terms. The ANC recognises and respects the rights of every South African to protest peacefully and unarmed and freely to express their views on any matter of concern. However, in exercising their constitutional rights, citizens must respect the rights of others and refrain from breaking the law or using violence,” ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe said.


Johannesburg Metro Police Department said M2 closed off to traffic in both directions between Benrose & Cleveland following continuous riots in the area with reports of shots being fired at passing vehicles. Traffic is diverted at Maritzburg Street and Cleveland Road.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) also called on police in Gauteng to take action against individuals or groups who attempt to shut down parts of Guateng.

DA Gauteng leader, Solly Msimanga said: “The hard lockdowns of the past year have caused profound damage for businesses and South Africans who have lost their jobs. Shutdowns by so-called ‘radical forces’ will not be tolerated and should not be allowed to hamper any movement of the economy that is allowed under level 4 lockdown.”

Despite all the unrest and chaos, Defence Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said the SANDF will not yet be deployed to KwaZulu-Natal.