MORE THAN 72 people have now been killed in the violence that has been engulfing parts of South Africa since the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma last week.
This includes 10 people killed in a stampede during looting on Monday night at a shopping centre in Soweto.
The BBC filmed a baby being thrown from a building in Durban that was on fire after ground-floor shops were looted.
The military has now been deployed to help the police overstretched since the unrest began last Thursday.
KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala said some 26 people had been killed in the province so far. In Gauteng the death toll is 19, including the 10 who died at the shopping centre in Soweto.
More than 200 shopping malls had been looted by Monday afternoon, Bloomberg news agency quoted the chief executive of Business Leadership South Africa, Busisiwe Mavuso, as saying.
The BBC’s Vumani Mkhize says several shopping centres in Soweto – South Africa’s largest township which was once home to Nelson Mandela — have been completely ransacked, with ATMs broken into, restaurants, stores selling alcohol and clothing shops all left in tatters.
In total almost 1 300 have been arrested, but law enforcement remains heavily outnumbered, he reports.
In KwaZulu-Natal, the unrest continues with ambulances coming under attack by rioters in some areas, South Africa’s TimesLIVE news site reports.