The Democratic Alliance (DA) is calling on Agriculture Minister, Thoko Didiza, to urgently set up a task team to address what the party says is a looming food crisis in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal after the recent massive looting and violence.

Labelling the mayhem as the ANC political unrest, the DA says it has left millions of South Africans unemployed and vulnerable.

The official opposition has acknowledged that South Africa has enough food – but says the task team it is proposing should focus on reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable nutritious food for those affected by the looting and violence.

The DA says indications from AgriSA are of immense pressure on the agricultural sector within three weeks.

Earlier on Sunday, SACP general secretary, Dr Blade Nzimande, reiterated the ANC alliance partner’s call for government to introduce a basic income grant to fight the high rate of unemployment, especially among young people. It has also welcomed the re-introduction of the R350 COVID-19 social relief grant.

The SACP believes that government should lead a huge public employment programme to pluck South Africans out of poverty, inequality and unemployment.

More on Nzimande’s views in the video below: