A number of cars have been impounded in Westmead in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal, after they were deserted during overnight looting in the factory town.
On Wednesday night, a group of more than a thousand people descended to Westmead to loot the warehouses.
The looters were eventually repelled by armed security guards and police.
“They were shooting at our vehicles and we were shooting back. Some of them got out of their cars and abandoned them here,” said one security guard.
On Thursday morning, several towing trucks were turned away by the guards, who wanted the car owners must come explain why their vehicles were at the scene.
Jonathan Heinz, a business owner of one of the warehouses that got partially looted, was busy loading stock into his van and taking it back into the warehouse.
“That's all we can do now, just load it back in and hope for the best,” he said.
Frank Ginther, from Magnum Warehouse, said they were also trying to secure the stock before the looters return.
“We expect they might be back tonight, so we will just have to see what happens,” he said.
Vans from old age homes were being allowed to take some of the abandoned stock, including food an adult nappies.