#UnrestSA: Police to protect convoys bringing food, fuel into KwaZulu-Natal

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members patrol Highlands Shopping Centre.
South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members patrol Highlands Shopping Centre.
PHOTO: Laird Forbes/Gallo Images

Food, fuel and other critical aid bound for KwaZulu-Natal will be transported in armed police convoys, after days of unrest shattered supply chains and left the province with a dwindling supply of essential goods.

Shoppers flocked to stores that had not fallen prey to unrest and rampant looting, with some lining up from as early as 03:00 - waiting for up to eight hours - to get basic groceries that were being strictly rationed.

The burgeoning food security crisis comes in the aftermath of an orchestrated campaign of disruption in the name of former president Jacob Zuma spiraled out of control.

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