Post-unrest: Informal traders need aid

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Residents of Mobeni and surrounding areas continued to loot the goods strewn across South Coast Road in Durban. Photo: Rosetta Msimango/City Press
Residents of Mobeni and surrounding areas continued to loot the goods strewn across South Coast Road in Durban. Photo: Rosetta Msimango/City Press

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When marauding bands of looters raided township-based businesses last month, it became clear long before the embers of their destruction had died down that peripheral communities and black small businesses would be among the biggest losers.

The indiscriminate and widespread looting not only emptied outlets of their wares and disrupted supply chains, but also brought misery to most small traders in surrounding areas, who had somehow escaped the direct wrath of the criminals.

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