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Wedding feast feeds the hungry as riots ruin couple’s big day

A couple and their wedding caterer donated 1000 warm meals after they were forced to cancel their wedding due to the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal.

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Durban-based chef Andrew Draper was in the middle of preparing food for a wedding when the bride and groom cancelled due to the riots and looting taking place in KwaZulu-Natal. The chef then turned the wedding food into 1000 warm meals for people in need. 


During the course of the week the province of KwaZulu-Natal experienced an almost complete shut down due to the riots and looting that had been taking place. The riots began because former president Jacob Zuma was sentenced to 15 months in prison for contempt of court, sending his supporters into a state of protest. 

The riots turned into looting as people have complained that the lockdown has left them with no other option to feed their families.

However, the looting of food quickly turned to televisions, fridges and other appliances, which television host Jub Jub justified saying these people will sell the goods to feed their families and we should “let them steal”.

The unrest in KwaZulu-Natal thereafter spread to other parts of South Africa as Gauteng and Mpumalanga were also facing the same struggles. Due to the violence people on the street were not safe and therefore having a wedding was totally out of the question.

A couple, whose food was being catered for by Andrew Draper were forced to cancel their wedding. However, the couple asked Andrew to instead donate the food to people in need. 

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According to Good Things Guy, Draper and the couple agreed to use the food to feed those in need and the chef then sent out a call for help as he had the food but needed containers to package the meals once they were cooked.

Draper’s community rallied together and collected 1000 containers providing 1000 people with a warm meal in the midst of the unrest.

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