JOHANNESBURG – Following an announcement of the source of the food borne disease (listeriosis) by Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi on Sunday, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has urged the Department of Basic Education to ensure food sold at school shops are safe for consumption.
“It is a matter of fact that many lunch meals in our country include these products which have been declared by the Minister of Health as risky for the spread of listeriosis,” said the EFF.
After scientists and health practitioners worked for months to discover the source of listeriosis which has claimed lives of over 180 people since January 2017, Motsoaledi announced that more than 16 samples from the Enterprise factory in Polokwane tested positively for the disease.
According to the EFF, the factories are to be blamed for the lost lives; “Blame must be placed squarely at the feet of Enterprise Food and Rainbow Chicken for the outbreak. They must be held accountable for spreading disease and killing people,” said EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.
The EFF has further called on School Governing Bodies as well as Learner Representative Councils to impose strict controls on what gets sold in schoolyards and nearby shops to students.