South Africa: Soweto Sweeps Up the Debris As Residents Suffer in Aftermath of Violence


Soweto was relatively calm on Wednesday after days of looting and violence. As volunteers cleaned up their vandalised malls, residents surveyed the carnage and queued for bread.

Volunteers and mall staff swept trash and debris into neat piles at Diepkloof Square on Wednesday almost as if they were raking leaves in a garden. Outside the Nedbank branch, the legs of a mannequin hung out of an opened safe.

The insides of ATMs -- Nedbank, Standard Bank, FNB -- had been disembowelled. Every store had been ransacked, including well-known retailers like Pep, Pick n Pay Liquor, McDonald's, Mr Price, Ackermans, Food Lover's Market and Rage, and more obscure stores that left you guessing as to what was once on the shelves.

There was a bullet hole in a shattered window at Debonairs. Someone spray-painted "FUCK THEM ALL" on KFC's glass door.

Fifteen meters from a camera crew there to survey the carnage, white powder was strewn across a small patch of the car park. The day before, relatives of someone who died during the looting...

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