'It's a Total Mess': Shops Ransacked in Johannesburg Suburb Amid Deadly Unrest in South Africa

There were new reports of looting in the Johannesburg suburb of Soweto, South Africa, on July 13 as unrest continued in the wake of the sentencing of former President Jacob Zuma.

Courts ruled Zuma was to serve 15 months in prison for contempt of court amid corruption allegations, sparking days of violence and looting that have seen at least 72 people die, over a thousand arrested, and numerous retail outlets looted and damaged.

Footage filmed by Motlogelwa J McCone on the morning of Tuesday, July 13, shows smoke rising from the Protea Glen Mall with rubbish and debris strewn about. The mall was ransacked on Monday, reports said.

McCone’s second video, filmed on Tuesday evening, shows people looting stores in and around the Sizwe Shopping Centre, located just minutes from a police station and the Protea Glen Mall.

“You’d think after they looted the mall you’d have other places that haven’t been looted yet be protected,” McCone says in his video. “Check this out bro, it’s a mess here. It’s a total mess …. The police station – it’s there. Like, it’s down there where the people are coming from …. They should have prevented this.” Credit: Motlogelwa J McCone via Storyful

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