The more information regarding the coordination and organisation of planned attacks on civil infrastructure comes to light, the more the looting and unrest encouraged by individuals politically connected with former president Jacob Zuma seem to have scored an own goal.
If the exponents of radical economic transformation intended to attack so-called white minority capital to create the desired spectacle, the owners of the listed grocery retailers whose assets were pillaged will recover quickly and relatively easily – leaving smaller, independent and largely black-owned businesses that were indiscriminately looted struggling to reopen.
Vuka Chonco, deputy general secretary of the Food & Allied Workers Union, says the union is still – some weeks after what is now being labelled a failed insurrection – not in a position to accurately quantify the fallout from the unrest. “We’re still counting the lost jobs and livelihoods. It will take a while for that to filter through from workers who will lose out.”