The saga round food parcel distribution continues to bedevil the combat in opposition to the poverty and starvation brought on by Covid-19 within the nation.
The deputy speaker of Mpumalanga’s provincial legislature, Vusi Mkhatshwa, was accused of delivering food parcels to his house on Tuesday afternoon.
In a video, a person claimed to have captured footage of food parcels being delivered to Mkhatshwa’s house in Extension 9 Barberton by a division of social growth (DSD) truck.
The man additional claimed that Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) officers had been concerned within the course of.
“Food parcels are being delivered to Vusi Mkhatshwa. It’s very clear; there’s a truck, there’s EPWP individuals … these individuals are out of order.
“They are taking food that’s meant for the individuals for themselves and their comrades. These are food parcels meant for the poor,” the person mentioned.
The deputy speaker of mpumalanga province legislature vusi Mkhatshwa was caught at this time offloading food parcels introduced by DSD at his house in Barberton. pic.twitter.com/Jy9ZVEuhg6
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Mkhatshwa and the Mpumalanga authorities are but to challenge touch upon the allegations, which have already induced widespread outrage on social media. This article shall be up to date to mirror their remark as soon as it’s obtained.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Gauteng has referred to as for a change within the distribution of food parcels within the province to cut back the involvement of politicians within the course of, in addition to alternatives for corruption.
The get together urged the provincial authorities to moderately make use of good vouchers and money transfers for recipients who’re already on the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) database.
“Not solely will it cut back corruption however will be certain that the reduction reaches meant recipients on time,” the get together mentioned in an announcement.
Meanwhile, the speaker of Maruleng municipality within the Norman Mashabane area of Limpopo, Joyce Mahlo, was reportedly being investigated for allegedly conserving food parcels for the poor in her house.
Mahlo was additionally accused by political foes of distributing the food parcels meant for the poor to solely African National Congress card-carrying members, cronies and kin.
(Compiled by Molefe Seeletsa. Background reporting, Makhosandile Zulu & Alex Matlala)
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