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This morning daughter and family woke up and thought they were in a war zone with rioting and looting. Also numerous explosions which they are assuming are has bottles in caravans exploding as the businees along with many others hasa been set on fire. It is getting worse by the minute as I am getting constant updates direct from people who are at ground zero and not FB. We are very worried about them as we have already lost one daughter this year. Also son who is in another country in the same regio is also going through the riots and looting scenario. He only moved there in the last 2 months from being a game ranger.
 
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So sorry to hear about it Ian. I see the problem is widespread. Just looked at FB re my cousin in Joburg. But she hardly is ever on there anyway. I will send a message to see if she is OK.

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This morning daughter and family woke up and thought they were in a war zone with rioting and looting. Also numerous explosions which they are assuming are has bottles in caravans exploding as the businees along with many others hasa been set on fire. It is getting worse by the minute as I am getting constant updates direct from people who are at ground zero and not FB. We are very worried about them as we have already lost one daughter this year. Also son who is in another country in the same regio is also going through the riots and looting scenario. He only moved there in the last 2 months from being a game ranger.
Hope they remain safe👍👍
 
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Sadly we have just found out that some residences have been been attacked an looted and the owners have had to flee for their lives. At the moment the residences are a long way from where the daughter lives and they have the electric fence switched on. The criminals are better armed with AK47s than the police who are outgunned.
 
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Thanks. Hopefully this will motivate them to leave and move to the UK. Originally they were moving to NZ but then Covid put a stop to those plans.
 
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This morning daughter and family woke up and thought they were in a war zone with rioting and looting. Also numerous explosions which they are assuming are has bottles in caravans exploding as the businees along with many others hasa been set on fire. It is getting worse by the minute as I am getting constant updates direct from people who are at ground zero and not FB. We are very worried about them as we have already lost one daughter this year. Also son who is in another country in the same regio is also going through the riots and looting scenario. He only moved there in the last 2 months from being a game ranger.
i to hope they remain safe
 

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I hope that they stay safe and will move to Britain.
This country is by no means perfect but we don't need electric fences around our properties.
 
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I hope that they stay safe and will move to Britain.
This country is by no means perfect but we don't need electric fences around our properties.
We knew that this was bound to happen at some point which is why we left in 1993. It was the second time I had lost my country and there was not going to be a third. It is very close to a civil war out there all due to one corrupt person.
 
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To add to #2. I got this reply.

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Very sad as SA is a beautiful country with lots to see and do. With burning dozens of trucks on the N2 between Dbn and Jo'burg this will create a food shortage in addition to shortage of other goods. Our other relatives in Cape Town are okay as it is raining heavily and no one wants to get wet.
 
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Such a great shame. No wonder all the Dutch and British farmers left. With the abandonment years ago of apartheid I thought the generic population were keen to rebuild rather than destroy and terrorise. So another wonderful Country of fine wines and Sherry looks like being spoilt for no real gain. How lucky we are in the U.K.I do hope all your friends and family remain safe and unharmed😎
 
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Well daughter and family made it through the night probably due to armed guards at the gate. The mall nearby with about 70 or more shops has been totally stripped. Unfortunately this means no employment for the people working there. Also no food for them as they did not get involved in the looting etc.
Apparently the looters also had a go at the water supply to the whole area by trying to remove the valves. It is getting worse and not better.
Food is not being delivered inland because the trucks from Durban are being set on fire after being stripped. Apparently a Toyota dealership has been stripped of parts and many new cars have had engines and other parts removed.
Wish it was false and exaggerated news but I am getting reports from people at ground zero. Very sad as the country is going to lose foreign investors, unemployment is going to rise and when people get hungry more anarchy.
 
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Well firstly I hope your family get through this safely. Always the first concern.

You mention armed guards on the gate. Are they reliable and trustworthy, and more to the point are they competent in skills and steady enough under pressure?

Its an awful situation to say the least. I think with my family I would be heading to the airport.
 
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Well firstly I hope your family get through this safely. Always the first concern.

You mention armed guards on the gate. Are they reliable and trustworthy, and more to the point are they competent in skills and steady enough under pressure?

Its an awful situation to say the least. I think with my family I would be heading to the airport.

They had a very sleepless night last night as couidl hear the rioting and also smell the smoke from the fires. This morning no electric. They have food for about 3- 4 days and that is when they really start to worry as all supermarkets in the area have been stripped bare.
Also no fuel as tankers cannot get through. They cannot walk to the nearest supermarket even if it did have stock. At the moment they do have enough fuel to get around as one of the vehicles was topped up for the daily commute of about 60 miles round trip.
Most South Africans over 40 served in the armed forces as it was mandatory until about 1996 so are quite competent with guns whether rifle or pistol. No one wants to use armed force as that may complicate things further, but you have a right to defend your family and home.
They live in a huge compound of about 200 stand alone homes with only the one gate. The fence surrounding the compound is electrified with razor wire on top. That has been in place since the compound was built many years ago.
 
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Should be enough in the compound to ensure safety. Probably end up protecting the guards.
The guards are the people from the compound and it is getting even worse. See HERE. Daughter has a British passport, but rest of the family are South Africans so not sure if they can emigrate to the UK. The yougest grandson is 12 but he is a world champion in sports which may help.
 
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The guards are the people from the compound and it is getting even worse. See HERE. Daughter has a British passport, but rest of the family are South Africans so not sure if they can emigrate to the UK. The yougest grandson is 12 but he is a world champion in sports which may help.
keeping fingers crossed for those experiencing these troubles and that things will soon get better.
 
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Thanks as that is very helpful. Her spouse is an IT specialist and she is a teacher. They have two boys with the one being over 21. Originally they were going to emigrate to NZ, but with Covid that came to a sudden stop.
They are still safe, but very tired as not much sleep for the past two nights. The big concern is that they only have food for 3 - 4 days and there is not food available as supermarkets have been trashed and delivery trucks are being burnt. No bread of milk for the past day and no sign of getting any in the near future.
 
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Jacob Zuma. One time President, “Freedom Fighter”. Intoxicated with power allegedly turned to rape
and corruption. The most senior Judges went way beyond the norm to ensure Zumba received a fair Trial to all the corruption allegations. He refused to attend Court. Now imprisoned for 15 months for contempt of court.
Now we see the tragedy unfolding affecting innocent lives as described by Buckman. We can only hope the current regime gets a grip and resolves the wanton damage and rampage ASAP. No one on earth should allow usurpers and rioters to rule the day!
Apologies now for the rant!!
 
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