Cape Town – Mozambican lorries have been looted and set ablaze in the ongoing unrest in South Africa, an association of road transporters in Mozambique has reportedly said.
According to BBC, no injuries or fatalities were reported among the drivers.
“The last few days have been really difficult, the report quoted the director of the Federation of Road Transport Association (Fematro), Constantino Jotamo as saying.
Transport operators feared the situation could worsen in the coming days, the report said.
At least 72 people have died and more than 1 200 people have been arrested, according to official figures, since former president Jacob Zuma began a 15-month jail term, sparking protests that swiftly turned violent.
Looting has hit supply chains and transport links in the Johannesburg region and the southeastern province of KwaZulu-Natal, sending a shockwave to goods and services around the country.
The crossing between Mozambique and South Africa is usually busy but has been drastically affected – first because of the tightening of Covid-19 restrictions and now because of the riots and looting.
Zuma, once dubbed the “Teflon president”, was handed the jail term on June 29 by the Constitutional Court for bucking an order to appear before a commission probing the graft that proliferated under his administration.
He started serving the term on Thursday after handing himself into authorities. He is seeking to have the ruling set aside.
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Compiled by Betha Madhomu.
Additional reporting by AFP