South Africa riot; Indian-origin people pay high price

South Africa is witnessing its worst violence in years after riots erupted over the arrest of former President Jacob Zuma on corruption charges. Indians are also being targeted as anger against the controversial Gupta family spills over to the Indian expat community.

Many Indian businesses were hit in Durban, other areas. Four of my shops were looted, said an Indian-origin businessman. He suffered a loss of $2 million so far. Many Indians also died protecting their homes, businesses. But, many are optimistic and hoping things will stabilize soon.

Thousands of businesses owned by members of the Indian community have been looted and destroyed and an unknown number of Indian-origin people are said to have been killed in the rioting that has hit Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces of South Africa.

More than 50,000 businesses have been destroyed or impacted in Durban, where many retail and technology businesses, motor dealerships, medical centers, pharmacies, and supermarkets are run by the Indian Community.

Last Sunday, The Indian-origin businessman Rohit’s shops have been looted. He has suffered a loss of $2 million so far.

People stole fridges and stoves, high-end TV sets, and groceries.

“The Minister of Police was on his way to Phoenix. Our local leaders — the Premier, the MEC’s (Members of the Executive Committee of the City) are going to have to deal with that type of situation,” President Cyril Ramaphosa said.

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