- The coronavirus has citizens stockpiling as many head into self-isolation or social distancing
- This behaviour has drawn the ire of the Gauteng Radical Economic Transformation group
- The ANC-linked group has slammed the panic buying on display as well as the government for supporting 'white-owned' businesses
The Gauteng Radical Economic Transformation group is well-known for its fervent support of former president Jacob Zuma.
The ANC-linked group has criticised both the state and ruling party for using sanitisers and other goods bought from white-owned companies.
In addition to this, the group has slammed the rich and middle class for stockpiling, insisting that the buying behaviour would cause shortages and inflate prices, which would see the poor suffering:
“We furthermore call on the minority of [mainly white] South Africans, who have the financial means to indulge selfishly in bulk buying and food hoarding to desist from doing so."
Briefly.co.za reported that many citizens had reacted to President Cyril Ramaphosa's declaration of a national disaster by embarking on panic-buying sprees.
The RET group voiced concerns that businesses owned by 'white monopoly capital' were using the crisis to maximise profits.
Representatives Carl Niehaus and Sibusiso Hadebe urged citizens to unite in the face of the pandemic:
“We will only be able to overcome the scourge of the coronavirus when we unite and live out our common humanity in the manner that we care for each other as fellow South Africans."
The Citizen reports that the group slammed the government for using products from Bidvest:
“This is entirely unacceptable. It cannot be that the main cause of our economic suffering and continuing subjugation, as represented by white monopoly capital, now benefits more in the face of the increased suffering of poor black South Africans, caused by this coronavirus pandemic."
It called on the ruling party to ensure products were sourced from black-owned businesses instead:
“We therefore demand that our ANC, as the governing party, must ensure all the products required to protect our people from exposure to the coronavirus must be procured from companies that are genuinely black owned."
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