- Lucky Lekgwathi, who is counting his losses after his restaurant in Kliptown, Soweto was recently looted and damaged, said his friends are to blame
- The establishment sustained extensive destruction as the wave of public violence swept through the southwestern township
- The former player said he received a call that alerted him to the looting in what was at the time the nearby area from where his eatery is located
Ex-Orlando Pirates defender Lucky Lekgwathi is putting out the claim that some of his friends were among those that recently looted his restaurant in Kliptown, Soweto.
The restaurant, 'Grootman by Lucky Lekgwathi', sustained extensive damage as the wave of public violence seen in other parts of Gauteng after it spread from KwaZulu-Natal swept through the southwestern township.
Lekgwathi revealed the update during a discussion about the recent unrest with the premier of the province, David Makhura.
According to TimesLIVE, the former player said he received a call from the centre manager where his eatery is located to alert him to looting in what was at the time the nearby area.
"I got a call that they are looting in Kliptown. I didn’t go because he said they were not looting at our centre. But after a few hours, he called again and said they were [now] looting at our centre.
“When I arrived, there was nothing inside the shop. It was sad because some of them are our friends, people who know me,” he said.
Spirit of giving not dampened on Mandela Day
But in the immediate aftermath of the destruction to his establishment, Lekgwathi committed himself to give to other affected people in the community.
He said he donated food parcels and blankets on Mandela Day on 18 July.
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“It was to show them I forgive them. The message I gave to the pensioners was that as parents, from now on, whenever your child brings home something that is stolen, please make sure you report them to the police,” added Lekgwathi.
Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal making steady reparation
The two provinces at the centre of the recent unrest, which President Cyril Ramaphosa has since termed as insurrection, are on a steady path of rebuilding.
Alleged instigators of the violence have also been arrested while the deaths of the over 200 people killed are investigated by police.
Coffin found but cops still on the hunt for 'missing' blue couch
Briefly News recently reported that ongoing police recovery operations across Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal are continuing to yield millions of rands worth of stolen goods following the recent widespread looting in the two provinces.
In conjunction, personnel from the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) have been on a recovery mission to retrieve an incalculable amount of stolen goods.
Recent reports suggested that the recovered goods included everything from beds to electronic items and even a casket. Looters have begun to abandon stolen items amid the ongoing recovery efforts in homes.
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