Celebs help clean up the city after looting

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Celebrities Bon, Gigi Layamne, Moshe Ndiki, Phelo Bala help clean up Jabulani mall in Soweto.
Celebrities Bon, Gigi Layamne, Moshe Ndiki, Phelo Bala help clean up Jabulani mall in Soweto.
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South Africans are coming together for clean up duty. They are showing up in numbers at malls, streets and centres, ready to lend a helping hand. 

Malls, centres and stand-alone businesses were affected after protestors took to the streets in protest against the arrest of former president Jacob Zuma.

Dozens of properties have been vandalized and entire structures burnt down, with damages predicted to be in the billions. 

Mzanzi celebrities have come out in numbers to help clean up looted malls around Johannesburg and urge those who can help, to lend a helping hand.

Producer and DJ, Prince Kaybee put on his gloves and joined community members and leaders to clean up the mess at Mayfield Square and the Daveyton Mall, in the East Rand. 

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Other celebrities have joined in to clean up various parts of Gauteng. Vusi Nova and 047 took time out to clean Alexandra township, where Alex FM and Pan Mall were affected. Gigi Lamayne, Bon, Moshe Ndiki, Phelo Bala, Danny K, Kabelo Mabalane, and TT Mbha assisted Jabulani Mall in Soweto.

Vusi Nova said they “are here to support and fix our country. We want to show the world that we are not barbaric. We are loving and caring people. Where you are, get up and go to a place nearby to do your bit.” 

 

The group 047 tells Drum the lootings made them realise how people are starving. “But as Africans, it is not in our blood and in our DNA for us to take from others because we have less. This shows we need to stop relying on the government to save us and we need to take a stand.” 

Rapper Gigi Lamayne says she joined in because it was her duty.

“It is my duty as a South African first before I am a musician to assist where possible. We were lucky enough to meet some of the representatives from the June 16 Museum and it’s helped us to learn about preservation. It’s not about taking sides, the side we should take is of future South African leaders who need to come into a world and see our work. It was amazing and shout out to those who helped out in cleaning up, giving water and I feel happy and fulfilled.” 

Singer Bon says she wanted to play her part. “I came out today because I was tired of sitting at home and complaining. I do not condone looting and I wanted to help where possible." 

TV presenter, Moshe Ndiki tells us he came to help because he is a South African more than anything. “It’s my patriotism that has made me show up. This is not a KZN or Gauteng problem but rather a South African issue. People have looted and taken but how can we better the situation and find out what can we do from here onwards. How can we contribute to making our society better? We were hit badly by COVID-19, times are hectic, and now the looting. But let us also look at the fact that people are hungry.”


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