Gunfire and explosions echoed across the Durban metro as surreal scenes of anarchy witnessed only on TV or other news channels far removed from home played out in KwaZulu-Natal.

News of a military deployment offered desperate communities some hope of relief, but on Monday soldiers were not in sight as eThekwini is engulfed in a tsunami of unprecedented looting, unrest and arson that many never believed possible in our democracy...

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