Footage shared on social media has captured people making off with whole animal carcasses from a butchery in Valhalla Park in Cape Town on Monday.
Police say they are still investigating the incident.
The looting took place a day before South Africans celebrated Heritage Day.
In one video posted, people, believed to be residents of Valhalla Park, can be seen making off with whole carcasses from a neighbourhood butchery.
Valhalla Park ppl went shopping without money for “braai day” ????????♂️ pic.twitter.com/OoDPCM9uR6
— OFFICIAL HYPE HONCHO (@HypeHoncho) September 25, 2019
Some have them flung over their shoulders as they retreat from the butchery, while others are carrying the carcasses in pairs.
Other people are seen walking away with different grocery items from the store, and one person is even seen pushing a deep freezer along the pavement.
Another video on Twitter shows the inside of a store, with its aisles ransacked and people walking around inside the store carrying boxes filled with items.
Massive looting at the Valhalla Park Butchery pic.twitter.com/tdqxSPL9GV
— Ashraf Garda (@AshrafGarda) September 24, 2019
Valhala Park. pic.twitter.com/WNpHg1r7HA
— Boerelegioen (@Boerelegioen2) September 23, 2019
Western Cape police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut confirmed that police were aware of the incident.
“The circumstances are being investigated and no one has been arrested as yet,” said Traut.
Reaction on social media was swift, with some expressing their shock and anger at the contents of the videos.