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South Africa celebrates the memory of former President Nelson Mandela. Known as “Mandela Day”, this day aims to hire him. Each person can donate 67 minutes of their time to a good cause. This year, after several days of looting in the country, it is the clean-up operations that have become apparent. In the Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal regions, several communities have come together to clean up companies that are covered in rubbish and rubbish after being vandalized.

With our special correspondent in Durban, Romain Song

They decided to spend the day in this vandalized supermarket, despite the rotten food of rotting food and the smell of rubbish.

“We are trying to continue Mandela’s struggle. He testified to us the spirit of forgiveness, of kindness. We want to show people that we are still united, said this man.

“These are the people who offered to help, we did not ask them. With their help, everything should soon be normal again, says a woman.

The volunteers were encouraged by local ANC figures, identifiable with their Nelson Mandela t-shirts and hats.

“Every year, we spend 67 minutes helping our community by cleaning up or something that is useful. “People have taken the time to come here and spend the day helping because of what has happened in recent days,” said one woman.

“Here the inhabitants suffer. They no longer have places to shop. That is why we have come to help this supermarket reopen. Of course, Mandela would not want to see all this mess, said one man.

President Cyril Ramaphosa also devoted part of his Mandela Day to a clean-up operation. “These events have united us like never before,” he said.

Wave of solidarity in #Durban after days of looting. Food and other items flying from Joburg to Virginia Airport, the Muslim community provides bread and milk to the petitioner, people who come together to clean up a supermarket. pic.twitter.com/8HsrgO8rUO

– Romain Chanson (@CHANSONRomain) July 18, 2021

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