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Cops are caught looting goods as South Africa’s descent into lawlessness continues with more shops ransacked and huge queues for food amid ‘massivhowe humanitarian crisis’ sparked by Jacob Zuma’s jailing

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Woman posts viral video footage showed people accosting a man wearing a police jacket beside a hatchback filled with groceries

The woman filming says: ‘This is a police officer, in uniform, looting … This is our SAPS (police force), guys’

Second video showed another purported officer in plain clothes trying to hide his face from the camera

His vehicle was laden with high value electrical goods, including a flat-screen television

Widespread unrest first erupted last Friday after former president Jacob Zuma was jailed over corruption charges

However, the wanton lawlessness has lost any political ties, with thousands looting their local malls and warehouses

The national health service warned it was also running low on oxygen and drugs due to chaos on the streets

Footage showed people accosting a man wearing a police jacket beside a hatchback filled with household supplies, including bread, milk and cooking oil

Some police officers in South Africa have been caught looting goods as the ransacking of stores and warehouses continued into a fifth day – amid fears of food, fuel and Covid medicine shortages caused by the rioting.
Footage showed people accosting a man wearing a police jacket beside a hatchback filled with household supplies, including bread, milk and cooking oil. The woman filming says: ‘This is a police officer, in uniform, looting … This is our SAPS (South African Police Service), guys.’
A second video from the same woman showed another purported officer in plain clothes trying to hide his face from the camera after he was hauled out of his car by locals. His vehicle was laden with allegedly looted products, including a flat-screen television.
‘He has looted, he has threatened our lives with firearms, and this is all coming out of his Polo,’ the woman says as she films objects on the ground beside the open car boot. 

South African caught cops on surveillance cameras, appear to join looters in sacking stores and warehouses

The raging unrest first erupted last Friday after former president Jacob Zuma started serving a 15-month term for contempt, having snubbed a probe into the corruption that stained his nine years in power.  
But the wanton lawlessness has lost any political motivation, with gang shoot-outs in the streets, people queuing up in their cars to loot warehouses and malls, and white farmers forming militias to defend their properties.
President Cyril Ramaphosa said he was looking into adding more soldiers to the deployment of 2,500 troops that have been dispatched to bolster overrun police forces in in Johannesburg and Durban. Rioting has also spread to Mpumalanga, Northern Cape and Soweto.   
Industry bosses, including fuel retailers and farmers, are warning of a ‘humanitarian crisis’ as the chaos means that, as well as the goods being stolen, major port cities like Durban are under siege and the country’s infrastructure is blockaded. 

The car belonging to the man purported to be a police officer is seen filled with household supplies including bottles of cooking oil and packs of toilet paper Police officer who allegedly looted in SA caught by bystanders

Law-abiding citizens were pictured this morning lining up outside a supermarket in Hillcrest in KwaZulu-Natal, trying to stock up amid fears of food shortages caused by the pillaging.
The National Hospital Network, representing 241 public hospitals, has warned it is running out of oxygen and drugs for coronavirus patients – most of which are imported from Durban. 
A 13-year-old boy was shot dead on Wednesday during a skirmish between taxi drivers and a looting mob attempting to burn down a mall in Vosloorus, east of Johannesburg.
Conflicting reports said the teen, named locally as Vuso Dlamini, was 13 or 14-years-old. Earlier the body of another looter was discovered behind the mall.  
A taxi drivers’ union has been defending the mall from the looters in the absence of police.
One of the cab drivers told Times Live: ‘We shop and work here. This is our livelihood. No-one messes with that.’ 

Stills from second video show another purported police officer in plain clothes trying to hide his face from the camera after he was hauled out of his car by locals. His vehicle was laden with allegedly looted products, including a flat-screen television
A second video from the same poster shows another cop in plain clothes trying to hide his face from the camera after he was hauled out of his car by locals. with his vehicle was laden with allegedly looted products
In Johannesburg Tuesday, a police officer can be seen standing on the arm of a suspected looter while another man wields an iron bar during the violent rioting, arson and looting that has been rocking the nation
Residents surround the body of Vuso Dlamini, a 13-year-old boy who was shot during a skirmish between looters and taxi drivers who in the absence of law enforcement, have been defending a mall in Vosloorus, east of Johannesburg
Looters clamber onto an articulated truck in Durban, after breaking open the back doors to steal the goods inside, on Wednesday
The troubled zone is congested with vehicles on standby ready to be loaded with purloined goods as hordes of looters foray repeatedly into a targeted warehouse in Durban
Massive traffic congestion can be seen in this aerial shot around the besieged warehouses in Durban as the horde of looters descended on Wednesday
Rioters torched the trucks parked at a goods distribution hub on the outskirts of Durban – one of the country’s major ports of entry for fuel, household goods and pharmaceuticals on Wednesday 
Cops arrest the rioters and suspected looters after violence erupted following the jailing of former South African President Jacob Zuma, in Cato Ridge, on Wednesday
With rubbish and boxes are strewn across the road in Durban on Wednesday, looters were seen gathered outside a burning warehouse in Durban
Hopelessly outnumbered policeman fires a warning shot into the air amid looting outside the Chris Hanni Mall in Vosloorus on Wednesday
One outcome of days of rioting disrupting and destroying everyday businesses was the sight of local residents queueing to buy bread from trucks who provide food as shops and mall are looted and closed for business in Soweto on Wednesday
Uncertainty: Residents queue at a supermarket amid fears of shortages of food and basic supplies in Hillcrest, in KwaZulu-Natal province 
In the face of warnings of dire consequences of days of continued looting and wanton destruction, residents queue at a supermarket which has been closed after violence erupted in KwaZulu-Natal province
With arson appearing to be the go to move for rioters, looters outside a torched warehouse in the Hillcrest area of Kwa-Zulu Natal province which has been badly hit by the riots
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President Cyril Ramaphosa, [photo], Monday night lambasted ‘opportunistic acts of criminality, with groups of people instigating chaos merely as a cover for looting and theft’.  The govt. has deployed 2,500 soldiers to help overrun police forces in Johannesburg and southeastern province of KwaZulu-Natal. Rioting has also spread to Soweto, Mpumalanga and Northern Cape

Jacob Zuma has been a dominant force in South African politics for decades but a series of political foot faults led to his current predicament.
A leader in the resistance to white minority rule, Zuma has been a key figure in the ruling ANC party since the end of apartheid. With the iconic Nelson Mandela as the first president of post-apartheid South Africa, the 79-year-old served as the country’s deputy president, eventually becoming president in 2007.
He held the post for 10 years before his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa took over. 
However, his long political career has been beset by scandals, including a rape charge and multiple allegations of corruption, with his ability to weather political storms seeing him nicknamed the ‘Teflon president’.
The scandals that led to the downfall of Jacob Zuma include a particularly damaging rape charge that came from the past to haunt him, the so called ‘Guptagate’ involving slush with the trio of Gupta brothers, an arms deal and several tales of bung while in office.
In July 2021, he was jailed for failing to cooperate with a corruption probe in a move which prompted mass unrest sparked by his supporters. The corruption investigation centers on Zuma’s relationship with the Guptas, three billionaire Indian-born businessmen, in a scandal that has been dubbed ‘Guptagate’.
Zuma is accused of allowing the brothers – Atul, Ajay and Rajesh – to plunder state resources and peddle influence over government policy during his time as president. 
On July 9, Zuma handed himself over to police to begin a 15-month jail sentence for contempt of court after defying a court ruling to give evidence before the inquiry.
Zuma on his part, has decried the investigation as a ‘witch hunt’ led by Ramaphosa.
The former president is also facing a separate trial over a 4.16billion [£3billion] arms deal signed in 1999 when he was deputy president. 

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Not so ‘Teflon’. The current rioting in SA began with the handing of a 15-month sentence to former president Jacob Zuma [photo] for contempt. Main opposition party, Democratic Alliance, announced Tuesday it would file criminal charges against Zuma’s children as well as, Julius Malema, the leader of the leftist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), for using ‘social media to express comments which appear to encourage and incite the violence and looting’

Zuma allegedly accepted bribes from international arms manufacturers to influence the choice of weaponry.
But these scandals are only the most recent in a long list.  
Prior to Guptagate, Zuma was engulfed in a furor over security upgrades to his rural Nkandla residence in KwaZulu-Natal province. The tax-payer-funded work, cost $24million [£17.31million] and included a swimming pool – which was described as a fire-fighting facility – an amphitheater and a visitors’ center. South Africa’s graft watchdog in 2014 found that Zuma ‘benefitted unduly’ from the work. 
In 2006, the year before he became president, Zuma was put on trial for rape.  He claimed he had had consensual sex with a 31-year-old family friend who staying over at his house.
Ultimately, he was was acquitted, but beyond the alleged rape, South Africans were dismayed that Zuma, who was heading the country’s National AIDS Council at the time, admitted to having unprotected sex with his accuser, who was HIV-positive.
He caused further anger by telling the court he had showered afterwards to avoid contracting HIV – A dangerous piece of disinformation, as this method does not prevent the spread of HIV and was a commonly repeated myth in South Africa at the time.
More than a decade later, he is still mocked in newspaper cartoons, often being depicted with a shower nozzle sprouting from his head. 
Despite the slew of scandals, Zuma continues to enjoy support both among poor South Africans and the ANC .  
One looter said she was doing it purely because of the economic impacts of the lockdown. Asked by a local TV reporter if she was stealing because of Zuma’s imprisonment, she said: ‘No, we’re looting because we have no food, we have no jobs because of the Covid lockdown.’ 
Last year, the country’s GDP slumped by 7 per cent – the largest decline in more than 40 years. The unemployment rate stands at 32.6 per cent, while youth unemployment has soared to a staggering 75 per cent. 
‘It literally feels like being in a war zone with gunshots, fires and smoke going up everywhere for the last two days,’ said some of the residents in neighborhoods plagued by the rioting. They are so scared they can’t sleep at night because of the constant gunfire.
With no end in sight, terrified residents are having to just sit back and watch the looting, hoping that the perpetrators don’t turn on their homes. ‘We are on fire,’ the man said. ”We’ve gone to a place where we are going to watch them stealing, we are not interfering with them – don’t harm us.’ 
Looting has hit supply chains and transport links in the Johannesburg region and the southeastern province of KwaZulu-Natal, sending a shockwave to goods and services around the country. 
In the port city of Durban, people started queueing outside food stores and at fuel stations as early as 4am – when the Covid night curfew ends.

A road beside a looted warehouse in Durban on Wednesday is strewn with rubbish as lorries lie in the road after being ransacked
Footage from social media shows looters siphoning petrol out of the underground tanks beneath a ransacked BP garage outside Durban

The night before, the country’s largest refinery, Sapref, declared ‘force majeure’ – an emergency beyond its control – and shuttered its plant in Durban, shutting down a third of South Africa’s fuel supply.
The firm said the refinery was ‘temporarily shut down… due to the civil unrest and disruption of supply routes in and out of KwaZulu-Natal.’
Some fuel retailers have begun rationing while others are starting to run dry.
‘It’s inevitable that we will have fuel shortages in the next couple of days or weeks,’ Layton Beard, spokesman for South Africa’s Automobile Association, said.
Outside a branch of a popular supermarket in northern Durban’s Eastman region, around 400 people started lining up to buy food, hours before the shop was due to open.
‘With these lootings, it’s an inflection point… this has now seriously compromised our energy security and food security,’ warned Bonang Mohale, chancellor of the University of the Free State and a professor of business and economics studies.

An soldier stands guard as protesters gather in a field in Vosloorus, east of Johannesburg, on Wednesday
Police officers detain a driver who has several Samsung fridges loaded onto the back of his truck in Cato Ridge on Wednesday

A self-armed local looks for looters inside a supermarket in Durban
Looters pull few items they took from what was left to grab in a vandalized mall in Vosloorus, on Wednesday

South African National defense Force (SANDF) soldiers stand guard in front of the Maponya mall in Soweto on Wednesday
People queue up outside a supermarket in Hillcrest amid fears that food supplies are running low
People queue up outside a Shell garage amid fears of fuel shortages 
Residents buy loaves of bread from a truck in Soweto on Wednesday morning

Similarly, KwaZulu-Natal is a predominantly black and Zulu population with an estimated 3.2million people living in poverty out of a population of 10.5million.
Nationally, the pandemic has worsened conditions with record levels of unemployment at 32.6 per cent, rising to 46.3 per cent among young people.
Zuma’s popularity among poor black Africans combined with their extreme poverty has proved a tinderbox for the country’s latest violence. 
‘It has created disruption to the coronavirus vaccine rollout and deliveries to hospitals,’ he added.
Christo van der Rheede, executive director of the largest farmers’ organisation, AgriSA, said producers were struggling to get their crops to market because the logistical network was in a ‘shambles’.
‘We need the restoration of law and order as soon as possible, because we are going to have a massive humanitarian crisis,’ van der Rheede said. 
The police last night confirmed that the number of people who have lost their lives in the looting so far has risen to 72. 
Most of the deaths ‘relate to stampedes that occurred during incidents of looting of shops’, the police statement said. 
Others were linked to shootings and explosions of bank ATMs.
The number of arrests has risen to 1,234, although many thousands have been involved in the ransacking sprees. 
Earlier TV footage showed dozens of women, some wearing their dressing gowns, men and even children strolling into a butcher in Soweto, coming out balancing heavy boxes of frozen meat on their heads or shoulders. 
Police showed up three hours later and fired rubber bullets. Soldiers eventually followed.
In Alexandra township north of Johannesburg, hundreds of people streamed in and out of a shopping mall, freely grabbing groceries.
Looters who spoke to AFP said they had got caught up in the rush, or saw the chance to ease a life blighted by poverty.
‘I’m really not concerned about Zuma. He is a corrupt old man that deserves to be in jail,’ said a 30-year-old man who works at a car wash.
He admitted to ‘taking things from the shop for my mum’ – stainless-steel pots, meat and groceries.
In Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal’s capital, people hauled boxed refrigerators through bushes to a long line of cars that were parked along a highway.
In Durban, aerial footage showed hundreds of people looting a large shopping centre and carting off huge boxes of goods.
A woman was seen throwing her baby from the first floor of a building to save her from fire after shops below her apartment were set on fire. The child safely landed with a group of people on the street.  

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Video footage shared to Twitter on Monday showed people resorting to shooting at looters in a bid to protect their businesses as looting continues in the Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces 
In the clip, a line of shop and property owners fired on the rioters from afar before running closer and continuing to shoot, while the crowds protected themselves behind road signs and ran off the road amid the chaos
South African police force suspected looters to lie down after apprehending them in Soweto on Tuesday
Fire engulfs Campsdrift Park, which houses Makro and China Mall in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday

More troubling is the fact that the deployment of 2,500 soldiers to support the South African police has so far failed to stop the rampant looting, although arrests were being made in some areas in Johannesburg, including Vosloorus in the eastern part of the city.
In his nationwide address Monday night, Ramaphosa lashed ‘opportunistic acts of criminality, with groups of people instigating chaos merely as a cover for looting and theft’. 
‘The path of violence, of looting and anarchy, leads only to more violence and devastation,’ Ramaphosa said.
The chair of the African Union Commission condemned ‘the surge of violence that has resulted in the deaths of civilians and appalling scenes of the looting’, calling ‘for an urgent restoration of order’.
The largest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, announced Tuesday it would file criminal charges against Zuma’s children and the leader of the leftist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Julius Malema.

A woman was filmed dropping her toddler from the roof of a burning shopping mall in Durban after looters ransacked the shops below and then set fire to them, threatening the apartment block above

In a statement, the party accused them of using ‘social media to express comments which appear to encourage and incite the violence and looting.’
Once dubbed the ‘Teflon president’, Zuma was handed the jail term on June 29 by the Constitutional Court for bucking an order to appear before a commission probing the graft that proliferated under his administration.
He started serving the term on Thursday after handing himself in to authorities.
He is seeking to have the ruling set aside. 

A crowd in the street could be seen catching the child and taking them to safety, leaving the mother to find another route out of the burning building
Angry locals launch rocks at police officers near the entrance of a looted shopping mall after the fifth day of ransacking in South AfricaLooting and unrest in South Africa after arrest of ex-leader Zuma
Police take to the streets in the Gauteng region on Tuesday
A South African National Defense Force (SANDF) soldier along with South African Police service officers detain suspected looters at the Jabulani mall in Soweto on the outskirts of Johannesburg on Tuesday
A self-armed local looks for looters inside a supermarket following protests that have widened into looting, in Durban, on Tuesday
Smoke rises from a Makro building set on fire overnight in Umhlanga, north of Durban, on Tuesday

South Africa is deep in an economic malaise, with cripplingly high levels of unemployment. Economic activity had already been badly affected by restrictions to stop the spread of coronavirus. 

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