Protests and theft have been going on in various locations of South Africa for about a week now. Soldiers and the South African Police Service have been battling looters who have emptied malls, retail centres, and single-storey stores.
After former president Jacob Zuma surrendered to authorities to fulfil a 15-month prison sentence for contempt of court, demonstrations and looting began. Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye (41) of Moja Love TV blamed the looting on disadvantaged people taking a stand. He chastised people for condemning "poor looters" on a live Instagram session. " How dare you judge and call another black person a hooligan?" he said. "Just because you are comfortable"
He stated that while he does not condone looting, it is the outcome of poor leadership.
“I don’t condone looting. What did you expect to happen if they have been misled and lied to for years? Let them steal if they have to steal, let them do whatever because the government has not provided. This was bound to happen. People are starving,” he stated.
His employer, Moja Love, has already issued a statement distancing themselves from the presenter's beliefs.
“The views expressed on the videos or any of his platforms are his personal views and do not reflect the company values and views of the channels in any way. The socio-economic situation of the country is a stark reality we empathise with, but we do not condone violence in addressing the matter. We call on South Africans to stand together to denounce the looting, violence, and lawlessness that has gripped the country,” the statement explains.
They expressed sympathy for people who had their companies robbed.
“We extend our sympathies and support to the many small black businesses entrepreneurs, and informal traders who form the lifeblood of the township and CBD economy and acknowledge the irreparable harm that these attacks will cause to livelihoods, families, and affected communities,” stated Moja Love.
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