Riots leave bitter taste for sugar cane growers, traders, livestock farmers
A month later, the full impact on their businesses and food security is still to be determined
Supportive interventions will be required to save many small-scale growers, fresh-produce markets and emerging livestock farmers in KwaZulu-Natal from bankruptcy after July’s riots in the province.
This is according to Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandela, chairperson of the portfolio committee on agriculture, land and rural development, who conducted oversight visits to the province to investigate the impact of the looting and unrest on the country’s food security.
After the June 29 Constitutional Court judgment that found former president Jacob Zuma guilty of contempt and saw him jailed for 15 months, KZN and Gauteng descended into a state of unrest...