Editorials
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24 Jul 2021
9:00 am

Violent protests: The hard work has only just begun

Editorials

Through the chaos, the pandemic seemed to take a backseat. People forgot we were still in lockdown level-4 due to a third wave of Covid infections, which was also causing mayhem with our economy and livelihoods.

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

We always knew we would only realise the full effect the unrest that gripped the country this month had caused at a much later stage. Aside from the obvious economic setbacks, foreign companies pulling out of future investments and the damage it had on people’s mental state due to the sheer lawlessness the unrest brought, we will feel the repercussions for many years to come. Some predict it will take up to a decade to recover. Through the chaos, the pandemic seemed to take a backseat. People forgot we were still in lockdown level-4 due to a third wave of...