SAHRC to begin hearing into July unrest on Monday

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Looters flee from the Sam Ntuli Mall in Katlehong.

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is expected to begin its national investigative hearing into July’s civil unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng on Monday.

The Commission says that the unrest exacerbated the inequality between certain communities, unemployment levels, poverty, hunger, and food insecurity.

Police, defence, justice, and State Security ministers are among the government leaders set to appear before the Commission.

At least 350 people died when violence erupted in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

The Commission further says that the impact of the unrest has been devastating for the country’s economy with huge financial losses to businesses, some of which will not be able to recover and re-trade, resulting in wide-scale job losses.

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