Covid-19: DA lays SAHRC complaint against Zulu over food relief laws

Covid-19: DA lays SAHRC complaint against Zulu over food relief laws

- Lockdown may see feeding schemes managed by non-governmental organisations and citizens alike may soon be shut down

- Following stringent health protocols have evidently not counted for anything in the face of a draft proposal from the Department of Social Development

- The Democratic Alliance has now opted to approach the South African Human Rights Commission

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The proposed changes to the way non-governmental organisations and kind-hearted citizens distribute food parcels has been met with fierce condemnation.

Many feel that the current regulations amid a national lockdown were not based on scientific backing, but the latest planned restrictions may well be the straw that breaks the camel's back. reported that the Department of Social Development is planning to restrict the way critical food relief is dished out in vulnerable communities.

With a suggested ban on cooked food donations, Minister Lindiwe Zulu has drawn the ire of the Democratic Alliance which has now approached the South African Human Right Commission.

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Amid widespread criticism, Zulu rubbished the DA's response and backtracked on the cooked food ban but vowed to clamp down on the 'uncoordinated approach' used to distribute parcels.

Refiloe Nt’sekhe, Shadow MEC for Social Development in Gauteng, has confirmed the complaint laid against the department citing that the DA had two key concerns:

  • The proposed ban on cooked food donations, preventing schemes from operating in areas that need it the most
  • The planned permit process, which would see those seeking to provide relief forced to apply for permission

MEC for Social Development Sharna Fernandez also condemned the proposed regulations:

“It has been a week since I wrote to the National Minister of Social Development, and to date I have had no response from her National department. In the interim, we have become aware that the draft directions have already been implemented in some other provinces to a lesser or greater degree.”

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