Marizka Coetzer
2 minute read
14 Jul 2021
5:09 am

Mams Mall looting: ‘The destruction is painful to see’

Marizka Coetzer

Moshe, who has been working at the butchery since the mall opened in November 2018, said he had at least five to six people who depended on his income.

Police officers inspect a shop at Mams Mall in Mamelodi after the night's riots and looting that spread throughout Gauteng, 13 July 2021, Pretoria. Picture: Jacques Nelles

The sight of shattered glass and sounds of screaming shop alarms were just a few signs of the destruction left by opportunistic criminals targeting and looting the Mams Mall in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria. During President Cyril Ramaphosa’s televised plea for peace on Monday, looters instead came out in their numbers to add to the destruction. Stones and tyres were yesterday still blocking the roads and entrances to the mall while mall security, Tshwane Metro Police Department and members of the SA Police Service patrolled the area. Employees and shop owners stood helpless in front of damaged shopfronts. Despite the...