Earl Coetzee
Premium News Editor
8 minute read
14 Jul 2021
6:00 am

WATCH: Chaos a ‘ticking time bomb’ we should have seen coming

Earl Coetzee

While the looting and burning continues, some are already planning on how to rebuild. One victim says we all should have seen this coming.

A police officer disperses a crowd at Mams Mall in Mamelodi after the night's riots and looting that spread throughout Gauteng, 13 July 2021, Pretoria. Picture: Jacques Nelles

The team of police officers arriving at Diepkloof Square shopping centre in Diepkloof, Soweto, showed incredible resolve in keeping straight faces, while one of the looters they arrested early on Tuesday morning pleaded to be released. "Please! I've still got a future! I'm only 12 years old," she wailed, right after being caught red-handed rummaging through the scraps left behind by earlier marauders in one of the centre's grocery shops. Though the visuals and photographs from similar scenes were full of pre-teens and youngsters joining in on the looting, it was very clear to every single cop and journalist there...