FoodForward SA (FFSA), a food supply organization that works to end hunger in South Africa, announced on Thursday it would shut down its operations in five major cities after looters cleaned out their warehouse in Durban.
The shutdown will impact the food supply of roughly 675,000 people who depend on the group for food.
The Durban warehouse supplied the KwaZulu-Natal and Free State provinces, the former area being the home of former South African President Jacob Zuma, currently in prison for contempt of court and facing corruption charges pertaining to his time in office. KwaZulu-Natal and the nation as a whole have experienced mass rioting, looting, and violence in the past several days, reportedly by Zuma’s supporters. Durban, in particular, has been a chaotic hot spot. The city now faces massive food shortages after a wave of rioting decimated the supply of edible goods.
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