Covid-19: DA calls for R1 billion in food vouchers, cash payments

Covid-19: DA calls for R1 billion in food vouchers, cash payments

- The DA is calling for a R1 000 top-up payment to all grant recipients for three months

- In addition to this, the opposition party has called on Finance Minister Tito Mboweni to divert R1 billion to food relief

- This would be divided into cash payments or food vouchers for the vulnerable

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The Democratic Alliance has called for immediate and tangible responses to the current food crisis in South Africa.

With numerous citizens cut off from potential income sources during the extended national lockdown, the situation is dire for countless South Africans. The DA commented:

"The extension of the lockdown has left many households cash-strapped and uncertain about where the next meal will come from. Food vouchers or additional cash-in=hand could be the difference between a family going hungry or not."

READ ALSO: Food relief scandal: DA accuses ANC councillor of pocketing thousands

The opposition party's solution to this is to make a further R1 000 available to all grant recipients for the next three months.

In addition to this, the DA has called on Finance Minister Tito Mboweni to make R1 billion available to hand out food vouchers or even cash payments to those in need.

The reports of corruption concerning food parcels being looted have added to the strain of the crisis and the DA has called for SASSA to investigate:

"We are disgusted by this inhumane and deplorable behaviour and reiterate our call for the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) to investigate the matter. The DA is of the view that councillors and politicians in general, should not be involved in the distribution of food parcels, cash payments or distribution of food vouchers as it creates ripe conditions for looting and political abuse." reported that the DA had accused ANC councillors of using the desperation of citizens to benefit from the disaster, claiming a politician had been pocketing funds in exchange for registering for food relief.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has acknowledged the claims and vowed to harshly punish those found guilty.

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