Earl Coetzee
Premium News Editor
7 minute read
29 Jul 2021
6:00 am

Picking up the pieces: Hundreds killed in unrest probably won’t be the last

Earl Coetzee

Unless we find a way to deal with our country's issues realistically, it's only a matter of time till we see similar unrest again.

A security officer walks through an entrance at Ndofaya Mall in Meadowlands, Soweto, under a gate with the words "Free Zuma" spray-painted on, during a clean-up operation, 20 July 2021, after rampant looting last week. Ten people died in a stampede at the shopping centre. Picture: Michel Bega

It's been nearly three weeks since the start of the deadly violence which erupted across parts of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, and in typical South African fashion, the country has simply started picking up the pieces and gone back to what passes for normal in this part of the world. Clean-up operations are in full swing, and we've started making the calculations of how much the violence has cost us in monetary terms (minus the inevitable kickbacks and other taxes, of course). Ndofaya Mall in Meadowlands, Soweto is seen during a clean-up operation, 20 July 2021, after rampant looting last week....