It’s hard to know what to expect in the wake of the night market crash in South Africa, but there is one thing we do know: The night market is back.
As of Monday, the number of reported deaths in the market has surpassed the toll of last year’s collapse, the Associated Press reported.
According to the Associated Journal, there were around 4,200 people killed in the black market, a figure that is still well below the figure of 8,000 during the market’s peak in 2015.
This year’s market has seen an influx of tourists, many of whom have been forced to leave their homes, according to the AP.
In a city where a majority of residents are white, many South Africans have blamed racism for the spike in crime.
Many residents have blamed the lack of police resources for the rise in crime, the AP reported.
Many residents of the Johannesburg area that is home to the market, where the deaths occurred, have blamed a lack of resources in the city’s health department for the influx of visitors, the BBC reported.
Some of the victims were seen in hospital in ambulances and in hospital beds, with many suffering from injuries that could not be immediately identified.
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