There were no signs of pro-Zuma protests in the Pietermaritzburg CBD on Monday, but looters were out on the prowl. The police were clearly outnumbered as they spent the day running around in circles.
In what appeared to be a co-ordinated looting spree, the groups came in bakkies and small trucks. They removed number plates before they hit the shops, mostly on Peter Kerchoff and Church streets, where they took everything inside and even stripped the doors. Others also carried weapons and had firearms on their waist belts.
None of them were wearing pro-Zuma or ANC regalia to indicate that they might have left home to join the ongoing protests that have been reported in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.