Midvaal Councilor embroiled in a COVID 19 food scandal

Covid 19 Food parcels

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is making sensational allegations against an ANC councilor of Midvaal municipality who they allege to have gone door to door charging households R3 each to receive government sponsored Covid 19 food parcels.

In a statement, the party alleged that the councilor claimed that the R3 was for buying data to be used to submit the food parcel request via email to the Gauteng Department of Social Development.

The ward has approximately 7 645 households.

“If the councilor and his team had covered the entire ward collecting their personal details and R3 each, this could amount to R22 935.00. It is a disgrace a Councilor is allegedly stealing from the poor who are in desperate need of food while councilors are provided with laptops, cellphones and allowances for data to assist the residents.”

The party said that there are also allegations that in Ward 28, Sebokeng the residents are made to complete and sign ANC membership forms in order for them to receive food parcels.

“The residents are also being told that they must vote for the current ANC councilor for a second term next year in the 2021 local government elections. These allegations are serious and point to the exploitation of the poor by the ANC during this critical period. The fact that the department has also shut down its call centre because it was inundated with calls and requests for food parcels from hungry citizens has created loopholes for corrupt councilors to steal money from the poor.”

The DA said that it will be opening a case of fraud and corruption against the councilor at the local police station in the area and called on acting Gauteng MEC for Social Development, Panyaza Lesufi to urgently investigate the allegations and, “ensure that the food parcels reach the needy without considering political affiliations.”

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