2 South African Police Arrested With Stolen Goods As Looting Goes On

KEY POINTS

  • South Africa is experiencing mass looting and the worst violence in years, even police are joining looters to steal goods.
  • Videos and photos shared online show some rogue police officers loading stolen goods in marked police vans, some in broad daylight. 
  • Criminal elements took advantage of protests sparked by the imprisonment for former president Jacob Zuma to loot shops.

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South Africa is experiencing mass looting and the worst violence in years, even police are joining looters to steal goods.

Videos and photos shared online show some rogue police officers loading stolen goods in marked police vans, some in broad daylight.

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Criminal elements took advantage of protests sparked by the imprisonment for former president Jacob Zuma to loot shops.

The protests first broke out in KwaZulu-Natal Province after Zuma turned himself over to police on July 7th to begin serving a 15-month prison term.

Zuma’s imprisonment rubbed South Africa’s biggest ethnic group – Zulu tribe the wrong way, with many believing he is being persecuted.

The violence that began as demonstrations last Thursday aimed at opposing the arrest of the former president turned into a looting spree.

Demonstrators turned violent during the end of the week, lighting fires and closing roads as they attacked and robbed shops in cities across South Africa.

The government has been working to halt the spread of the violence and looting, which has spread to the country’s biggest city Johannesburg and surrounding Gauteng Province – predominately occupied by Zulus.

Rogue police officers have also been caught on videos taking part in the looting. Three rogue officers were caught on camera loading stolen goods in marked police van in Durban.

Separately, two police reservists were arrested for being in possession of goods looted during the unrest in Gauteng province.

Police spokesperson, Colonel Brenda Muridili said the officers were arrested in Soweto township while offloading the loot from a marked police van at a time when they were on duty.

The two officers, who are stationed at the Protea Glen police station, were in possession of items worth around R90 000/$4,807/Ksh 519,841.

The loot in possession of the two rogue police officers included; electric appliances, clothes, groceries, a generator and sound systems.

“Police from Soweto operationalised information received from the Intelligence Coordinating Committee, which led to the arrest of two on-duty reservist constables found in possession of property alleged to have been stolen during the incidents of looting of businesses in Soweto,” Police spokesperson Colonel Brenda Muridili.

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