Many South Africans Hungry After Rioting and Looting Spree

The photo shows South Africans in line to buy food after the riots. (Photo courtesy of Rudantu, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)

Mass rioting and looting in South Africa last month wrecked shopping centers and even food supply chains. The damage left many desperately hungry. Now, experts worry the destruction could have long-term impacts on South Africa’s economy.

The riots started out as protests against the imprisonment of a former South African president on corruption charges, but they quickly spiraled into violence that killed over 300 people.

Stuart Gordon with Trans World Radio Africa says, “There’s been panic buying by a lot of people because much of the supplies cannot get to the shops. So people are storming the shops, and there are queues and queues outside shopping centers. Again, it’s not like this everywhere, but it is over much of the country.”

COVID-19 lockdowns have added to people’s financial woes, though the government has now lifted some restrictions.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

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