Greenpeace Africa in Cape Town is calling on South Africa’s political parties to adopt a ban on single use plastics in their manifestos ahead of this year’s general elections.

South Africans go to the polls on May 8.

Spokesperson Angelo Louw says several African countries such as Kenya and Rwanda have already adopted bans on certain single use plastic items.

“What the Cape Town group is saying to South African politicians in South African politics is that there are close to 26 countries in Africa who have already taken steps to eradicate single use of plastics, and it was welcoming last week when the Department of Environmental Affairs said that they are keen to go ahead with the plastic ban. We wanted to really demonstrate that this was the call of South African people that a plastic ban is something that an ordinary South African supported.”

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