Newly opened Reservoir Hills business looted, torched

Newly opened Reservoir Hills business looted, torched

A Durban businessman whose store was looted and then later torched at the Reservoir Hills Mall, north of Durban, says he's lost hundreds of thousands of rands worth of stock. 

Reservoir Hills business looted Durban unrest

He says without an income, he doesn't know how he's going get by.

Kavesh Sewpersad says he opened his party supply store 40 days ago with his wife. 

It has now been reduced to ashes. 

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"They looted on the early hours of Monday morning and they torched the place down last night. 

"Because we opened 40 days ago we still basically getting onto our feet and thirdly, it's never going to be the same again because the amount of money, time that we put into this is now gone down in vein. 

"We have lost, I would say, close to up to R300 000 to R400 000." 

Shopping centres and warehouses were raided and trashed by looters in the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal this week. 

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Sewpersad says he feels hopeless. 

"I don't know what government is going to do. They know it is unrest all we need to do is deploy the army and give them full authority. It is absolutely shocking but unfortunately we as local civilised people got to pay the price." 

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