On Saturday, South Africans cleaned up retail malls and stores looted amid a week of the horrifying violence that left more than 200 people dead across the country.
Aid organizations also distributed food to towns cut off from main routes or where food stores had been looted during the conflict.
The violence occurred after former President Jacob Zuma was sentenced to 15 months in prison for obstructing a corruption investigation. It was the worst in post-apartheid South Africa.
His successor President Cyril Ramaphosa who came to office promising to curb graft said the riots were a “coordinated and well-planned attack” on the country’s young democracy.
Using the pretext of a political grievance, those behind these acts have sought to provoke a popular insurrection,” Ramaphosa said in a televised address on Friday night
Thousands of businesses were destroyed as a result of the unrest, including several retail stores that were explicitly targeted.
Residents in the hard-hit KwaZulu-Natal province picked up wreckage at the Dube Village Mall in the township of Inanda, north of Durban, and shovelled it into rubbish bags as an uncomfortable stillness settled in on Saturday.