- The Democratic Alliance has won yet another court case against Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu
- The party won its bid to prevent food relief programme regulations amid the Covid-19 lockdown
- The opposition party has called for the minister to resign, adamant that she has no clue how to do her job
The DA has won its bid to prevent the Department of Social Development from implementing food relief programme regulations.
The Western Cape High Court ruled in favour of the DA's legal bid to prevent these proposed regulations from being put into action.
In response to the ruling, the party said that 'perhaps hundreds of thousands' of South Africans would avoid going hungry, calling for the minister's resignation.
DA’s Shadow Minister for Social Development James Lorimer welcomed the victory:
“The judgment stops the regulations from being implemented, says she has to give the DA three days’ notice if she wants to bring any new food distribution regulations and awards costs to the DA. The latest regulations were published last Thursday and sought to set up a complicated system of planning and reporting that would need to be complied with by all NGOs and food relief charities before they operated soup kitchens or distributed food parcels.”
Briefly.co.za reported that Zulu had reportedly intended to limit the distribution process to government organisations, effectively barring any other relief.
Lorimer insists that the minister acted without considering the impact the laws would have on the same people she is meant to support:
“Despite admitting she did not expect the damaging effects of the lockdown on poor people, Zulu still went ahead with her new regulations. She may believe her Department of Social Development is a super-efficient organisation that has plenty of spare capacity to start a process that will control all food distribution. This is not likely as the department struggles to perform its core functions. The alternative, and more likely explanation, is that she wants to control food distribution so that she can exchange food for promises of political loyalty.”
This lack of empathy, as the head of social development, means that the minister isn't fit to hold her office:
“She has been shown to care nothing for the lives of vulnerable South Africans,” he said. “This should disqualify her from public office. If President Ramaphosa had an iota of conscience, he would fire her from his cabinet immediately.”
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