Pretoria - Firefighters have been given protection to put out fires and save burning buildings on Lilian Ngoyi Street amid anti-drugs protests in the Pretoria CBD.
The work is proving to be difficult as some of the burning stores are still locked and special equipment is needed to break them open
While they spray water on the relentless fires, explosions can be heard coming from inside the buildings.
Earlier in the morning, the firefighters could not do their work as protesters chased them away from the buildings.
Armed police officers have surrounded the buildings they are trying to save.
However, store owners are heartbroken and disappointed that they've now lost all their stock.
Taxi operators said they want Police Minister Bheki Cele to come and talk to them to show that taxi drivers' concerns are also taken serious.