The people who looted shops are not all poor and hungry; some “elements” deliberately hijacked the protests for their own ends, police minister Bheki Cele said on Thursday.

The minister acknowledged racial tensions in Phoenix, a township about 25km north of Durban, saying locals had reported incidents of racial profiling of the occupants of cars that were stopped. But, said Cele, criminality was the main problem — with members of different demographic groups in Phoenix uniting to loot. ..

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