South African Officials Tour Pietermaritzburg Shopping Centers Ravaged by Looting, Fires

KwaZulu-Natal legislators and Msunduzi Municipality officials toured shopping centers pillaged during unrest in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, video posted by the municipality on July 16 shows.

“The incidents left residents and business owners in tears thinking of the job losses and businesses crippled,” the municipality wrote on Facebook.

At least five people were found dead following looting and rioting in Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal province, reports said.

The jailing of former President Jacob Zuma sparked nationwide unrest, leaving at least 117 people dead and over 1,400 arrested as of July 16, the South African government said. Officials said the turmoil caused billions of rands (equivalent to tens of millions of dollars) of damage, impacting the nation’s economy. Credit: Msunduzi Municipality via Storyful

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