South Africa vigilantes step in as rioters overwhelm police

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    A week after the arrest of former South African President Jacob Zuma triggered riots, community members and vigilantes have started working to protect properties and businesses from being looted.

    Thousands of soldiers have been deployed to help police, but law enforcement agencies still appear unable to stop attacks by rioters.

    The city of Durban has seen some of the worst violence.

    Looting has hit supply chains across South Africa, disrupting transport, services and manufacturing.

    Food, medicine and fuel supplies are running short.

    Al Jazeera’s Katia Lopez-Hodayan reports.

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