Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
3 minute read
19 Jul 2021
4:55 am

Brain drain incoming: Thousands want to leave SA after lootings

Brian Sokutu

The interest to leave SA also driven by panic, leading to extra planes for those wishing to leave KZN for the Cape.

Looters can be seen running from police in Alexandria township during the day's protests and unrest across Gauteng on 12 July 2021. Picture: Jacques Nelles

The outbreak of violence, destruction and wanton looting in Kwa-Zulu-Natal (KZN) and some parts of Gauteng, sparked a whammy for South Africa: a brain-drain, further hampering of the economy, with KZN experiencing an exodus of people to the Western Cape. Two leading immigration agencies yesterday warned the wave of violence and plunder of businesses was becoming a catalyst for skilled South Africans leaving the country in droves in pursuit of stability elsewhere. Reporting a 1500% increase in enquiries from local citizens who wished to leave the country after the spate of attacks and looting, New World Immigration director Robbie Ragless,...