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Chinese Businesses in South Africa Form Armed Self Defense Groups to Protect Their Property From Looters

Image: People flee from police as the carry goods while looting and vandalising the Lotsoho Mall in Katlehong township, East of Johannesburg, on July 12, 2021. Phill Magakoe / AFP

Chinese business owners in KwaZulu-Natal’s third-largest city Newscastle are forming armed civil patrols to protect their property and residents from the violent protests that have steadily escalated since July 8th, according to a report published by the Chengdu Commercial Daily newspaper. The Newcastle area is a textile manufacturing hub where more than a hundred Chinese-owned factories are located.

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