DAILYKENN.com -- Regression to the norm?
A mob of South Africans rampaged through a shopping mall and torched a gas station and post office. The mall also was set ablaze with significant fire damage.
News reports say looters were protesting poor delivery service.
From news24.com ▼
A group of eMbalenhle residents have allegedly gone on the rampage causing massive destruction to property and infrastructure worth millions of rands.
A local post office and filling station were torched in the protests. The Mall@Emba shopping centre was also looted and partially burned. Several vehicles were destroyed in the protest, according to Mpumalanga police.
"More than 150 people have been arrested in connection with these incidents and police continue monitoring the situation with a view to regaining control, but the situation is still very tense," police said in a statement.
Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma issued a stern warning on the destruction of property.
"This kind of callous behaviour should be condemned with the contempt it deserves and will not be tolerated," he said.
Video footage showing the gutted mall has been doing the rounds on social media.
Legal representative for the gutted and razed mall attorney Dominic Steyn told News24 the incident happened on Monday, at around 02:00.
He says, while his firm is not privy to all the details of the incident, the South African Police Service had given details of the public unrest in the area, linked to service delivery protests.
"This resulted in the Mall@Emba being vandalised and looted. During this time it appears that the mall was set alight. A portion of the premises, one of the wings, was damaged during the fire."
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