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Card image 10 July 2023 Daily Maverick

‘I know I’m sinning, but it’s for my kids’ – hunger and poverty driving the spike in shoplifting in SA

A single mother with three children - aged three, five and nine - from Bishop Lavis is unemployed and had been shoplifting for six months. Every time she enters a store to steal, she says a prayer and tells herself, ‘If I have to be arrested for stealing food for my kids, so be it’.

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