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July unrest: Teacher, financial adviser and optometrist's assistant - the unlikely masterminds?

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The July unrest alleged instigators matter in Durban has been adjourned to 26 August with the accused receiving bail of R3 000 each.
The July unrest alleged instigators matter in Durban has been adjourned to 26 August with the accused receiving bail of R3 000 each.
Kaveel Singh

Only one of the 22 people arrested on Thursday and accused of instigating the July 2021 riots can accurately be described as a key figure in fanning the flames of looting and destruction that ripped through KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

More than 300 people died or were murdered during the violence.

Among those arrested this week are a primary school teacher, an employee of a car dealership in Berea who until recently was a Sassa grant recipient, a Department of Health worker who helps manage facilities at Harry Gwala Hospital, a worker at an engineering business, a financial adviser at a major bank, an alarm company technician and an employee of an optometrist in Dundee. 

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