WATCH | Protesters bring Queen Nandi Drive to a standstill to loot Massmart

13 July 2021 - 13:25 By nivashni nair

Mobs of looters overran the Pan Africa Mall in Alexandra, Gauteng on July 12 2021.

Footage emerging from Durban’s industrial hub, Queen Nandi Drive, showed hundreds of protesters and looters converging on the Massmart warehouse.

Looting started in the area on Monday night when protesters arrived in vehicles to blockade the area.

By Tuesday morning, more vehicles arrived to ferry big appliances including TV sets, fridges and washing machines.

A forklift used to transport looted goods was abandoned on Queen Nandi Drive on Tuesday.
A forklift used to transport looted goods was abandoned on Queen Nandi Drive on Tuesday.
Image: Orrin Singh

Despite the military being deployed in KwaZulu-Natal, looting was still evident in Durban and Pietermaritzburg.

Community anti-crime groups warned residents not to venture to Queen Nandi Drive as it was a “war zone” and a “no-go area”.

In Springfield residents removed the solar panels from the roof at the Makro store.

Forklifts used to transport stolen goods have been abandoned on the N2. 

Police and private security companies battled to disperse protesters from Friday when the protest action, themed #FreeJacobZuma and #KZNShutdown on social media, saw violence erupt across the province. It has since spread to Gauteng.

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