Even small Midlands towns not spared

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Outlying areas such as Howick resembled a ghost town on Tuesday after the pillaging, with many other small village centres also destroyed.

Community members in other outlying suburbs like Ashburton, outside Pietermaritzburg, as well as in Hilton and Nottingham Road, like other KZN communities, took it on themselves to protect what is left to save.

Armed community members supported by private security manned roadblocks set up at a four-way intersection at Ashburton to protect the local Pick ’n Pay, garage and butchery. This amid a notable absence of any police or SANDF soldiers.

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