The South African government has said it is investigating how private firms and companies are handling the country’s food industry after complaints of unsafe working conditions.
The country’s health and food safety authorities have also launched a new probe into the sector after the deaths of a worker and a passenger on a train in Johannesburg last week.
“We are investigating how we can help to protect the workers,” health minister Michael Kvuli said on Monday.
“There are issues with safety in the South Africa food sector and we have to act swiftly to protect them.”
Food workers are being paid on average only $1.25 per day for each of their six shifts.