This weekend saw pitched battles between hundreds of looters and police at the site of a crashed beer train near Waterval Boven, 200 km (124 miles) east of Johannesburg.

The train, carrying 180,000 crates of beer from South African Breweries, came off the rails on Friday night. One woman was killed in the ensuing disturbance which saw police fire rubber bullets at the crowd. The woman is thought to have fallen under the wheels of a truck.

Police estimated that some 200 people were flocking around the train trying to steal beer. Six people were arrested and some 500 crates of beer were said to be missing.