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#ShutdownSA: Protest and looting continues at Brookside Mall in Pietermaritzburg, Toyzone temporally closes store in KZN

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ShutdownSA protest and looting continues at Brookside Mall in Pietermaritzburg in South Africa.

The capital city of KwaZulu-Natal is on fire as violent protests continue.

Meanwhile Toyzone one of the popular Toy megastores in the country has temporally shut down due to the current unrest.

The store made this known on Monday through their Twitter page saying that all their KZN stores will be closing today 12th July 2021 for the safety of their staff.

“DEAR CUSTOMERS

All our KZN stores will be CLOSED today (12 July 2021) for the safety of our staff due to the unrest.

We urge our customers to please stay safe during these trying times.”

 

The protesters have created road blockages, are massively targeted at the commuters and their vehicles.

Reports across KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, overnight July 9-10. said violence is likely linked to the ongoing incarceration of former President Jacob Zuma. Some incidents have been included below.

Overnight attacks on transport vehicles between Nottingham Road and Mooi River along the N3 highway. Looting of trucks and retail outlets was also reported. N3 highway at the Mooi River Toll remains closed late morning July 10. Protests ongoing in the area.

Roadblock at the Weenen Junction along the R103 route in Estcourt.

Roadblock along the N2 highway between the Gingindlovu and Amatikulu exits. Protest in the nearby Dokodweni area.

Transport vehicles attacked overnight along the N2 highway between Hluhluwe and Mtubatuba.

Protests in the Umgababa and Amanzimtoti areas south of Durban.

Protest at the Tollgate Bridge along the N3 in the Durban area.

Authorities are likely to deploy security and traffic management personnel to areas where protests are occurring. Ground travel disruptions are likely near all protest sites. Clashes between protesters and the police are possible if demonstrators ignore police orders to disperse or if protests escalate. Protesters may also engage in acts of public violence, including looting.

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