Looted medicine has yet to be recovered
The Independent Community Pharmacy Association (ICPA) estimates that R53-m of the stock that was looted from private sector pharmacies during the July riots has not been recovered. The violence and looting that swept through KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Gauteng affected 87 independent pharmacies and dozens more operated by corporate chains. Dispensaries were stripped of medicine, household and medical items were stolen from shelves, and extensive damage was wrought to infrastructure. Meanwhile, ICPA established the Independent Pharmacy Emergency Fund to assist looted pharmacies. It has to date received pledges of R10-m of which R6-m has been paid in, and it hopes to raise another R10-m from the Solidarity Fund.