by Giulia Gasperoni
Our beloved country, already depleted by the Covid-19 pandemic and its related socioeconomic consequences, has been experiencing unrest, violence and looting for several days.
It started in Kwazulu-Natal last week, when former president Jacob Zuma was jailed. A stream of protests started in the name of "Free Zuma" but they quickly escalated and took a dark turn: shops were plundered, vehicles burnt, roads blocked.
The unrest quickly spread to Gauteng and reached Johannesburg, where we are still seeing shocking images of violence and terror.
Yesterday 14th July 2021, our very own Dianah ventured to the Chris Hani mall, in Vosloorus.
What she witnessed was brutal and shocking, if not traumatizing. The looting had evolved to a widespread and almost dystopian violence that left 3 people dead - one of which a 14-year-old boy.
Although relieved and grateful that Dianah was able to return safe and sound, we feel greatly concerned (bordering despair) for the destruction through the looting but mostly for the loss of human lives.
Pictures Dianha Chiyangwa