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The South African Communist Party has called on government to support the establishment of food purchasing co-operatives to alleviate the effect of high food prices on the poor.
Co-operatives are normally formed to create a situation whereby groups buy in bulk, thereby qualifying for reduced prices.
The party said South Africa should be proud of its achievements, "but the capitalist assault on the poor through high food prices, fuel and the electricity crisis, threaten to erode many of these gains".
The party blamed the crisis on the government's policies of liberalisation and slow land reform.
"It is not too late to correct flawed policies, but this will not happen without popular mobilisation, democratic engagement and decisiveness on the part of our own government.
"Community-based food purchasing cooperatives should also be fostered.
"Price collusion and excessive profit-making at the expense of the poor must be criminalised and the state's capacity to monitor the food chain greatly advanced," said the party in a statement.