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GAUTENG & KZN RIOTS INTERRUPT VACCINATION DRIVES

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GAUTENG & KZN RIOTS INTERRUPT VACCINATION DRIVES
An EMPD officer uses his phone to capture footage while people carry goods as they loot from Cambridge Foods in Vosloorus in Ekurhuleni, 12 July 2021. Several shops are damaged and cars burnt in Johannesburg and surrounding areas following a night of violence. It is unclear if the looting is linked to sporadic protests following the incarceration of former president Jacob Zuma. Picture: Citizen.co.za/Michel Bega

GAUTENG & KZN RIOTS INTERRUPT VACCINATION DRIVES

CAPE TOWN | Sporadic looting has forced the temporary closure of some Gauteng nd KwaZulu-Natal COVID-19 vaccination sites in communities impacted by the violence.

Gauteng health authorities on Monday said Emergency Medical Services teams also experienced difficulty in responding to distress calls from communities.

Premier David Makhura has stressed that the province and the country were still in the midst of a deadly pandemic and he remained concerned about a potential surge in coronavirus cases.

His spokesperson Vuyo Mhaga said: “The current situation has sent a bill of hurting struggling to get to their places of employment due to limited access and services being disrupted across the province hospital admissions continued to increase and are placing heavy strain on the healthcare system in both public and the private sector.”

FOOD SECURITY

At the same time, Business Unity South Africa is concerned about the impact of looting on the nation’s food security.

Numerous trucks and delivery vehicles have been torched or robbed and shops have been cleaned out of all their supplies in mob looting.

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The organisation’s Busi Mavuso said whilst this would initially be felt in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, it could have a knock-on effect to the rest of the country too.

“Food distribution in this country works on a just-in-time principle. So, if you lose a cycle or two of delivery, then you’re sitting with a crisis distribution. If you lose a distribution centre, you lose two or three years of supply,” she said.

In his address to the nation on Monday night, President Cyril Ramaphosa warned that the country faced food insecurity due to the ongoing looting.

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“We will soon be facing a huge risk of food insecurity and medication insecurity in a few weeks,” Ramaphosa said.

In other news,

Brookside Mall set alight by protesters, more Job losses

On Monday morning, Brookside Mall a shopping centre that is situated alongside the N3 freeway was looted and set alight.

Brookside Mall set alight by protesters, more Job losses

In videos that have gone viral, looters could be seen stealing large TV’s and transporting them with trollies on the streets.

Trucks that were transporting goods on the N3 towards KwaZulu Natal were also burnt over the…Learn More

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