After burglars looted their warehouses in Durban, FoodForward SA, a supply chain group that strives to alleviate starvation in South Africa, said on Thursday it would close down its activities in five large cities.
Massive Parts of the Population Will Go Hungry
The source of food of around 675,000 people who are dependent on the organization for meals will be impacted by the closure.
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The KwaZulu-Natal & Free State regions were fed by the Durban warehouses, with the latter becoming the residence of previous South African President Jacob Zuma
Zuma is years in jail for contempt of parliament and faces corruption allegations related to his term in government. In recent days, riots, looting, and bloodshed have erupted across KwaZulu-Natal and the country as a whole, allegedly perpetrated by Zuma’s followers.
Durban specifically has been a flashpoint for unrest. After a wave of unrest ravaged the supply of nutritious commodities, the city now suffers significant shortages of food.
FFSA works with 1,250 enhancing organizational to give food to South Africa’s needy people. As per the group’s website, the organization donated over seven tons of foodstuffs and 29 million dinners in 2020-2021.
FFSA marketing director Deidre Adams informed Cape Town’s Groundup that at minimum, 125,000 vulnerable individuals are reliant on the Durban warehouse’s food production.
Massive Financial Losses have been Suffered
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The firm expects to suffer huge financial losses as a result of the warehouse’s theft. The protesters seized all of the foodstuffs that were kept there, according to Adams. Although the overall value including its lost products is unclear, we assume it will be billions since they took all of it.
Their equipment was also vandalized, and now one of our eight-ton refrigerated vehicles was stolen, she said. A vehicle like that can set you back by a huge amount of money.
Since they are refrigerated, such lorries are considered specialty vehicles. Equipment is also costly because they must maintain cool temperatures since we also deliver fresh products.
The FFSA’s move to briefly close its other locations across the country has worsened the nation’s food supply predicament. The company has facilities in Cape Town, Gqeberha, Durban, Johannesburg, that serve all nine districts in South Africa.
They chose to shut all of their offices for the remainder of the week, not just the Durban branch, due to safety concerns, Adams stated. As a result, there will be increased food shortages among the 675,000 individuals.
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Zuma was elected president of South Africa in 2009, making him the first Zulu, the country’s biggest ethnic minority, to hold the position. Prior to his inauguration, the current administration had been solidly in the Xhosa’s control ever since the end of Apartheid in 1994.
After Xhosa ignored a judge’s order to help with an investigation into his alleged wrongdoing while leader from 2009 to 2018, the country’s Constitutional Court condemned him to 15 months in jail for criminal contempt. He has still not been found guilty of any corruption charges.