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July unrest still felt by poor as some KZN businesses struggle to reopen

Numerous businesses looted during last year’s chaotic unrest provided jobs for thousands of people across the province.

FILE: Various businesses were looted and destroyed in July last year – and many still have no jobs. Photo: Abigail Javier/Eyewitness News

DURBAN – The Pietermaritzburg and Midlands Chamber of Commerce (PMCB) said the impact of the July unrest is still a burden on people’s lives.

Various businesses were looted and destroyed in July last year – and many people still have no jobs.

The sporadic protests erupted shortly after the arrest of former President Jacob Zuma who was jailed for defying a court order to appear before the State Capture Inquiry Commission.

Protests and unrest began in KwaZulu-Natal and later in Gauteng.

Numerous businesses looted during last year’s chaotic unrest provided jobs for thousands of people in the two provinces.

But some of the businesses in and around KZN are now struggling to reopen – a year after they were attacked.

Ordinary residents have very few options, according to the PMCB.

CEO Melanie Veness said Eyewitness News“The poorest of the poor are really feeling the brunt of what happened last year, they’ve traveled so much further and now that the price of petrol has gone up it’s even harder to access a store near you to go shopping because the stores that have been destroyed are those near you.

Veness said some businesses have decided to leave the area and start over elsewhere.



July unrest still felt by poor as some KZN businesses struggle to reopen

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