Callous thieves have left a field of spinach empty after stealing the spinach that was used to feed the less privileged people during the lockdown in Cape Town’s southern peninsula.
The founder of the self-help community project Lilian Bron-Davis, “Money for Jam – Shelter from the Storm” in Noordhoek, told TimesLIVE on Tuesday that thieves had hit an elderly couple’s farm twice in the past 10 days. They manage to steal the “whole field of spinach” on Monday.
Bron-Davis said her organisation has been giving food to about 300 people daily since the beginning of the lockdown. Usually they make “jars of delicious marmalade, jam and chutneys with fruit willingly donated by different farms in and around Cape Town”.
She said kind-hearted farmers from across the province helped them with the different products they require for the meals. But she said the theft had spoiled the spirits and the farmer and his wife are now scared.
“It is so unjust that the people we are feeding are the same people who are stealing from the people who are actually helping them not to go to bed hungry. It makes no sense,” said Bron-Davis.
“The whole field was wiped clean . They stole 10 days ago and it grew again and they came back for it. It’s really bad that someone takes a whole stock of spinach.
“All the other vegetables were sold out and the farm was only left with spinach , and now that spinach has now been stolen. So they have nothing left now. They have now resorted to cutting wood chips to sell to people because you cannot grow things overnight. They are now struggling to make a living because they have no vegetables to sale.They are growing but they will be ready after another two to three weeks.
“They are an elderly couple in their 70s and they are scared because they do not have money for security. They are scared that if they reveal what is going on, someone is going to come along and shoot them.”
The couple did not want to be known.
Bron-Davis and Vivian Mjongile travel through out the province collecting produce from farmers. They make food and give to the starving people along the way.
“These food include huge quantities of fruit, soup, stews and other organic, healthy home-made meals that are handed out throughout the Western Cape from Noordhoek, Cape Point, Fish Hoek, Simons Town, Masiphumalele and Ocean View to Stellenbosch, Ceres, Wellington, Citrusdal, Piketberg, Lamberts Bay and Clanwilliam, in the Cederberg,” said Bron-Davis.