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OPINION | Irene Charnley: Rule of law is supreme and no one, including looters, should

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People stand near their homes and watch as members of the SANDF patrol their area in Alexandra township, Johannesburg.

People stand near their homes and watch as members of the SANDF patrol their area in Alexandra township, Johannesburg.

Looting is not a result of poverty. It is opportunistic criminality. Looting was experienced in wealthy countries, like the United States of America, during the Black Lives Matter protest. Looting is not completely a product of poverty, writes Irene Charnley.

“Once you throw the first rock, break a window, or steal a TV, you’re no longer a protester. You are a criminal.”

American civil rights activist, Reverend Martin Luther King, may have uttered this warning 54 years ago during a speech at the University of California, Berkeley, but it is still relevant today.

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