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Over 1 750 people arrested in SA over riots, looting -minister

The government was engaging with the consumer council to ensure there are no food shortages arising from rampant pillaging of shopping centres, malls and warehouses, minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said.
Image: REUTERS/Rogan Ward

South African security forces have arrested 1 754 people in connection with days of looting, arson and violence, a senior minister in the presidency’s office said on Wednesday.

The government was engaging with the consumer council to ensure there are no food shortages arising from rampant pillaging of shopping centres, malls and warehouses, cabinet minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said.

More than 70 people have been killed in the unrest, the worst in South Africa for years, and hundreds of businesses wrecked. Food and fuel supplies are running short.

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Only 1 754 ?????

Absolutely disgusting and truly disappointing. A major display of incompetence on a grand scale.
The number should be closer to 50 000.
But alas we cannot be seen to arrest our faithful voters. After all we rely on them at the next election.

Change the law to 10 years in jail for looting and it will stop.

From the article’s headline, apparently we have a “looting -minister” (makes sense now).

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