Durban’s frail and elderly go hungry after looting and violence

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Durban’s frail and elderly go hungry after looting and violence

The dire situation has prompted appeals for donations for those unable to queue outside shops for hours

Senior reporter

While thousands of panicked residents queued for hours to secure basic essentials in the wake of looting, for Durban’s elderly and frail the prospect of replenishing supplies has been dismal.

The dire situation prompted urgent appeals from old-age homes for donations of tea, milk, bread, pasta and eggs to tide them over for a few days.

Femada Shamam, CEO of The Association for the Aged (Tafta), which houses about 1,500 pensioners in 13 residences across Durban, said the possibility of food insecurity invoked deep concern and stress among their residents and staff...

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