‘I was in tears’: South Africans take stand against rioting

  • A community member, center, facing the crowd, speaks to a group of men in an effort to stop them from entering a shopping mall in Vosloorus, east of Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

  • Residents help a family member of a 14-year-old boy who was shot during protests in Vosloorus, east of Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

JOHANNESBURG — Surveying the uneasy standoff between South African soldiers and huddles of young men faced off Wednesday across the rubble-strewn street in front of Soweto’s Maponya mall, Katlego Motati shook her head sadly.