“Gauteng residents at risk of starving due to violent protests and looting”

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng say it is very concerned that all residents of the province are at risk of starvation, especially those who are dependent on NGOs for food, and those that are working at malls, shopping centres and all other affected sectors.

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Social Development Refiloe Nt’sekhe said the widespread looting, violence and social unrest has dealt a severe blow to the province’s economy and food security.

Gauteng has been experiencing continuous violence and looting, particularly in townships and CBDs across the province. Over 1,700 people have been arrested following unrests. Many shops, shopping centres and malls have been looted and others burnt down to ashes, leaving no signs to show that a business once existed.

Nt’sekhe added that food security in the province is at risk due to road closures, preventing trucks from delivering necessities to the shops, while fuel shortages are looming due to the halt of supply.

“Thousands of workers are at risk of being left unemployed and without an income, as some of the businesses may not have the capital to restock and rebuild, already having suffered due to covid-19 restrictions.”

The DA further said the leadership across the province will continue to engage with their structures not to be involved in any act of violence. “We call on all Gauteng residents and different stakeholders amongst the communities to work together to bring about stability and peace in their communities.”

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