- 11 000 people queued in Iterileng near Laudium, Pretoria on Wednesday to get some relief in these trying lockdown times
- The people had starting lining up for food parcels at 4am that morning
- Yusuf Abramjee revealed the massive queue extended for three kilometres
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On Wednesday, 20 May, 11 000 bags of maize meal, breads, food hampers, soap, sanitiser and masks were distributed to the community of Iterileng informal settlement near Laudium in Pretoria.
Social activist, Yusuf Abramjee, revealed people started queuing from 4am and at times they stretched for nearly three kilometres from the shack settlement to a local football stadium.
Briefly.co.za learned the distribution was a joint initiative of Meal SA, Operation SA, SANZAF, Pepkor, The Tshwane Muslim community, Valtrans, Foodline, Advance Cash & Carry, KitKat and others.
Abramjee, who is one of the joint co-ordinators, described the need for food as "massive and people are desperate".
"We have a crisis. Half of the people in Iterileng are foreigners and no one has received any help from government.”
He shared a video to his Twitter account:
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Another coordinator, Shakeel Amod, said the initiative went well and they were happy to make a difference in the lives of people who are in need.
According to Asgar Akoob, a community member and coordinator, Wednesday's food and sanitation distribution follows another distribution in Mooiplaas, Spruit.
The Mooiplaas project saw the distribution of essential goods to nearly 10 000 residents who queued for three kilometres.
Smiley Essa and Yusuf “Joe” Suliman expressed their gratitude to the volunteers and donors who helped make the project a success.
“Thank you for making a difference.”
Social Cohesion Advocate and Humanitarian, Catherine Constantinides, said:
“The power of civil society is felt at times such as these. We cannot discriminate hen it comes to feeding our communities. Our people will die of hunger before they die of Covid-19 if we continue like this. I applaud this collective effort of solidarity."
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