Pietermaritzburg’s Manchester Road shopkeepers describe how they came together to stop looters

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Yusuf Ebrahim (third from left) and his staff are pictured outside their store, Home Choice Linen and Blankets in Manchester Road.
Yusuf Ebrahim (third from left) and his staff are pictured outside their store, Home Choice Linen and Blankets in Manchester Road.

Shop owners on Manchester Road, Pietermaritzburg, banded together to protect their stores from being looted during last week’s unrest.

Only two outlets, one selling furniture and the other blankets, had some of their wares stolen — and in the case of Africa Furniture, they managed to retrieve some of the looted items.

Yusuf Ebrahim, who runs Home Choice Linen and Blankets, told The Witness that when he arrived at Manchester Road at 6.30 am on Monday, July 12, he saw hundreds of people gathered near the Mountain Rise Cemetery in Chota Matala Road.

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