S.Africa's KwaZulu-Natal Sets State Of Disaster After Unrest
Johannesburg, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 30th Jul, 2021 ) :The government of the province worst-hit by recent deadly unrest in South Africa on Thursday declared a state of disaster to divert funds towards recovery.
The turmoil spiralled into a spate of violence and looting that spread to the financial capital Johannesburg, killing at least 330 people and gutting thousands of businesses.
"The situation is beyond the provincial and municipal capacity to deal with the cost," it said in a statement.
The declaration "will support the re-prioritisation of budgets to implement the repairs and recovery programmes," it said.
At least 40,000 businesses have been affected by the unrest, according to official figures, putting 150,000 jobs at risk.
Trade Minister Ebrahim Patel on Thursday said that across the country looted businesses had suffered around five billion rand in damages.
Zuma's supporters are accused of fomenting the week-long chaos, the worst bout of violence to hit South Africa since the end of apartheid.
His successor Cyril Ramaphosa has described the looting as an orchestrated attempt to destabilise the country and vowed to crack down on alleged instigators.