DURBAN – As Human Rights Commission hearings into the July unrest continue, businesses across affected provinces are gradually returning to full operation.
The social upheaval, which was triggered by the arrest of former president Jacob Zuma, left 340 people dead.
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At least 160 shopping malls were badly damaged and around 3,000 stores were looted.
The riots hit South Africa at the worst time when the COVID-19 pandemic was wreaking havoc.
It was only inevitable that the economy would be bludgeoned further.
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But one economist believes South Africa can still bounce back.
For now though, retail employees continue to work hard towards full recovery.
* eNCA contributor Mpho Lakaje reports.