DA warns South Africa of food crisis, urges government to remove taxes on some protein products

Briefing the media on Thursday, DA leader John Steenhuisen said millions of South African families faced some degree of hunger unless the government implemented at least some of its proposals.

CAPE TOWN – The Democratic Alliance (DA) says South Africa is facing a food crisis and the government should remove taxes on commonly used food items, such as chicken and flour.

The party said it had a list of solutions for President Cyril Ramaphosa and Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana that would help relieve struggling South Africans.

The party said other governments around the world had responded quickly, with bold relief packages and that South Africa should follow suit.

Briefing the media on Thursday, DA leader John Steenhuisen said millions of South African families faced some degree of hunger unless the government implemented at least some of its proposals.

He said half the country was in trouble.

“The reality is that South Africa is in the throes of a severe hunger crisis. Half the population is struggling to get enough nutrients into their bodies. Food prices have risen dramatically over the past last year,” Steenhuisen said.

Party finance spokesman Dion George said the government should consider zero-rating protein products, such as chicken and beef.

He said Finance Minister Godongwana had the authority to implement the changes in next month’s budget.

“Changes could be made to the medium-term fiscal policy statement and the adjustment budget. Removing the 15% VAT on some of these items would help households stretch their food budgets a lot further,” George said. .

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