By: Poelano Malema
Many South Africans have been feeling a pinch in their pockets.
The price of petrol and electricity increased early this month. A few months ago, South Africans complained about the high price of ginger. It was more than R200/kg at the time.
Now customers have taken to social media to complain about the price of tomatoes.
Popular Twitter user, Advo Barry Roux, said he froze when he saw how much tomatoes were selling for these days.
“I froze on Sunday when I saw the prices. 6 Tomato R48.90 – 12 Tomato Tomato R70.00 – Box R150,” wrote Barry Roux.
I froze on Sunday when I saw the prices. 6 ? R48.90 – 12 ? ? R70.00 – Box R150
— Man’s NOT Barry Roux (@AdvoBarryRoux) April 14, 2021
Why the price of tomatoes has increased
According to Luzarem Bascillio, a farmer in the North-West, the reason for the massive hike in prices is due to the scarcity of the produce.
He says this was caused by the heavy rains that the country experienced recently, which shortened the harvest period and affected yield.
More complaints about tomato prices…
Advo Barry Roux is not the only one who complained. Below are more complaints from social media users.
Is there something happening in the land of tomatoes ??
Are we experiencing a shortage?
I couldn’t find tomatoes at Checkers or Pick n Pay today and the price currently is the equivalent of 2 litres of petrol ??♂️
— Modumo (@Mdixx) April 12, 2021
The price of tomatoes recently bugs me the most… https://t.co/S2wb1BBcrp
— Boipelo (@BoipeloT_) April 12, 2021
I thought I was losing my mind when I saw the price of tomatoes yesterday https://t.co/tmftg4Mrvk
— ???????’? ???????? ???????r (@SharleneBotha_) April 12, 2021
— Kamogelo Mononyane (@Kamo_Mononyane) April 12, 2021
What is happening with the price of tomatoes… I could pick up a bag or those punnets for like under R15 or R20 and now they’re 2million a bag or punnet for ugly looking ones. No man.
— …… (@Slayinmylane) April 12, 2021
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