South Africa has a long history of various modes of forced removal. A growing list of private owners and municipalities is showing little regard for the ban on evictions laid down as part of the Covid-19 response package.
What does the response to hunger during the pandemic reveal about political will around food justice? What can be done to ensure that the lessons learned are shaped into real solutions for the people of a post-Covid South Africa?
T. Courtney Williams speaks to Wandile Sihlobo, chief economist Agbiz (Agricultural Business Chamber) and Maya a Silva, a research agronomist who is currently working with the ZZ2 Covid-19 Response Team about whether or not Covid-19 and the national lockdown have caused problems for food supply in the country. They also discuss the causes of hunger in South Africa and future challenges to food production due to the pandemic.