As South Africa continues to languish under the heavy socioeconomic burden of lockdown, government’s feeding schemes, intended to mitigate starvation amongst the country’s most vulnerable, have been marred by corruption and political favouritism.Government Officials Caught Red-Handed
The food parcel programme, overseen nationally by the Department of Social Development, has become the subject of fierce controversy. President Cyril Ramaphosa, himself, has addressed the issue of misconduct, condemning public officials who have been caught in the act. After receiving numerous complaints from local government, Ramaphosa noted that individual interference with the food parcel project would be dealt with “harshly”.Government Officials Caught Red-Handed
Mkhatshwa, who has not yet issued a statement concerning the recent allegations, finds himself at the centre of the latest food parcel scandal. According to commentary which accompanied a video posted to social media, Mkhatshwa was caught ‘red handed’ receiving food parcels, delivered by a DSD truck, at his place of residence in Barberton. The narrator also pointed to the presence of Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) officials, saying:
The deputy speaker of mpumalanga province legislature vusi Mkhatshwa was caught today offloading food parcels brought by DSD at his home in Barberton. pic.twitter.com/Jy9ZVEuhg6
— Man’s NOT Barry Roux (@AdvoBarryRoux) May 5, 2020
They are taking food that is meant for the people for themselves and their comrades. These are food parcels meant for the poor.”
The footage, which was allegedly filmed in Ward 44, has since caused an outcry on social media, with many citizens calling for an urgent investigation into the matter.
Neither Mkhatshwa nor the Mpumalanga Provincial Government has issued comment concerning the allegations.
Imagine getting arrested for stealing food parcel that belongs to poor innocent people pic.twitter.com/x20KiFPBwh
— Mzalwane🍥 (@Mzalwane14) May 5, 2020
I don't know why people act surprised by what these looters are doing. Nna I was expecting it…Dololo procurement procedures followed. pic.twitter.com/LznbVef4n8
— Thibos (@ThibosAfrika) May 5, 2020
ANC Thembisile Hani LM Ward 11 Cllr was found offloading food parcels from a truck to his bakkie in secluded road in Verena Mpumalanga pic.twitter.com/BiajZqc4H6
— Man’s NOT Barry Roux (@AdvoBarryRoux) April 20, 2020
People has lost their moral compass…the society we create is not one for caring but for taking.
— Manus De Waal (@MdwWaal) May 7, 2020
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Source : The South African