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“I came across two po­lice cars and asked them to come with me to my shop and pro­tect me while I re­moved my stuff be­cause I feared that the loot­ers would also tar­get my shop. They re­fused and told me that they were about to go off duty.

“I begged them and when they didn’t budge, I of­fered to pay them R6 000 – R 1000 each – be­cause there were six of them. It was only then that they agreed to es­cort me back to my shop, but by the time we ar­rived, the gate and the doors were bro­ken down, and peo­ple had looted most of the stuff.

“There were about four guys still tak­ing stuff in my shop when we ar­rived. I told the po­lice to ar­rest them, but they just watched and did noth­ing.”

Abudurehim Reeya

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