Food relief scandal: DA accuses ANC councillor of pocketing thousands

Food relief scandal: DA accuses ANC councillor of pocketing thousands

- The Democratic Alliance has accused ANC councillor Paseka Mabaso of collecting R3 from households seeking food aid amid the coronavirus crisis

- But the rot goes much deeper, with accusations that the ruling party has been excluding the needy and unfairly distributing desperately-needed food parcels

- The party has vowed to take action on the matter, calling the ANC's integrity in the Gauteng region into question

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The Democratic Alliance has made some hefty accusations against the ANC in Gauteng.

The party claims that the ruling party has claimed only ANC wards would be receiving food aid from the government despite the serious nature of the current crisis

"The Democratic Alliance (DA) has been reliably informed that five DA Wards in the Emfuleni Local Municipality have been excluded from the distribution of food parcels while all the ANC Wards in this municipality are benefiting."

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In addition to this, the party claims that ANC councillor Paseka Mabaso and his team have been using the situation for their own gain:

"DA has been reliably informed that ANC Ward 6 Midvaal Local Municipality Councillor, Paseka Johannes Mabaso and his team have been going door to door collecting details of the people in need of food parcels and charging each household R3."

The opposition party pointed out that the allegedly corrupt officials could have pocketed over R20 000 for their efforts:

"This ward has approximately 7 645 households. If the councillor and his team had covered the entire ward collecting R3 each, this could amount to R22,935. This is unfair to the poor residents who are hungry and are struggling financially."

The party vowed to open a case of fraud and corruption against the councillor and called on Panyaza Lesufi to intervene:

"The DA will be opening a case of fraud and corruption against Councillor Mabaso. We also call on the Acting Gauteng MEC for Social Development, Panyaza Lesufi to urgently investigate and ensure that the food parcels reach the needy without considering political affiliations."

The distaste over the situation, rightfully so, was evident as the DA condemned the behaviour:

"Any person who steals food parcels is stealing from poor and must be arrested and face the might of the law. Members of the ANC and officials who are politicising food parcels should also be punished. Councillors should only be involved in giving the names of those in need but should not be involved in the distribution of food parcels." reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had vowed to take 'harsh action' against officials caught up in similar scandals during the lockdown.

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