In pictures: Destruction, despair … and intrigue

A suspected looter is fired upon with rubber bullets by Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department officers (EMPD) on patrol inide a flooded mall in Vosloorus, on July 13, 2021. – Stores in two South African provinces were ransacked for a fifth consecutive day, hours after President Cyril Ramaphosa deployed troops in a bid to quell unrest that has claimed 45 lives. The premier of Gauteng province, which includes Johannesburg, said 10 bodies were found late on July 12 at a looted shopping centre in Soweto, on the city’s outskirts. (Photo by MARCO LONGARI / AFP)
Looters swarmed to the Macro store in Springfield, Durban. Some people set up a pop-up market outside Makro to sell their stolen wares. The destruction of property and theft of goods spread in KwaZulu- Natal and Gauteng.
A bag containing essential food items is left abandoned following widespread looting and violence in Johannesburg
A burnt car is seen in a street where protests have been taking place in Jeppestown, in Johannesburg on July 11, 2021. – Several shops are damaged and cars burnt in Jeppestown, in downtown Johannesburg following a night of violence. Police are on the scene trying to control further protests. It is unclear if this is linked to sporadic protests following the incarceration of former South African president Jacob Zuma by the Constitutional Court. (Photo by Emmanuel Croset / AFP)
Taxi Drivers protecting the local shoping center in Vosloorus. (Delwyn Verasamy/M&G)

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