A few days ago a local chicken producer moaned that their profits were reduced from R1 billion to about R560 million in the last financial year. The loss of profits was caused by imported chickens.

While everyone has the right to make a profit, it is disgraceful that in a country where people are starving and where 6 million people are jobless, a business carps about making R500 million profit.

Since meat is to expense for regular people, chicken is the only option. For decades’ local producers have abused consumers with job cuts, increased prices, brine pumped into chicken and so on.

Where is the humanity of these business owners? Do they have any consideration for the poor who are struggling to feed themselves? What kind of business leaders do we have that would rather see their profits increase at the cost of people starving?

Had local chicken producers not behaved in such a greedy manner for decades, perhaps locals would have had greater brand loyalty.

Then again, it was Jesus of Nazareth that implied that it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to go to enter the kingdom of God.

Cllr Yagyah Adams

Cape Muslim Congress