Should stealing food while destitute amount to a crime in SA?

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Approximately 44 million people around the world are living in poverty. In South Africa alone, Stats SA estimated that 20% of households had inadequate access to food in 2017. Picture: iStock/ Stas_V
Approximately 44 million people around the world are living in poverty. In South Africa alone, Stats SA estimated that 20% of households had inadequate access to food in 2017. Picture: iStock/ Stas_V

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In February 1846, French poet and writer Victor Hugo narrated that, on his way to work one day, he saw police officers leading away a young man who had a loaf of bread under his arm.

The young man, who was arrested by the police, was dressed in mud-spattered clothes; his bare feet thrust into clogs; his ankles wrapped in bloodied rags in lieu of stockings.

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