by Jessica Freedman
Tuesday morning, 13 July, brought a heavy sadness to the people of Pietermaritzburg. Looking upon the rubble and smashed glass of damaged shopping centres, the citizens were forced to reckon with the fear and violence of the previous night. On Monday, 12 July, people ran through the city, starting fires and looting shopping centres. While the army and police forces were on-scene to assist the shops, the looters still caused severe damage. Most shopping centres were left desolate, destroyed, and unable to open the following day. Many shops that were not targeted by looters also chose not to open, just in case the looters returned. Pietermaritzburg residents were left afraid and uncertain, not knowing when the protests would end or when the shops would reopen.