CT feeding schemes 'misuse funds'

2011-07-13 13:04

Johannesburg - Police have been asked to look into the possible criminal misuse of public funds by Cape Town feeding schemes, the Western Cape social development department said on Wednesday.

A Western Cape government Forensic Investigation Unit (FIU) probe had found that schemes in Khayelitsha were not feeding people every day, department spokesperson Melany Khn said in a statement.

The Masibambane Community Gardening and Nutrition Project and the Great Commission Minister's Network were also not keeping records of those they were feeding,

The FIU found that large amounts of money had been withdrawn from the schemes with no record of how the money was spent,

Stock records had not been maintained and the invoices available did not seem to be valid.

"[The] investigation found that these breaches should have been identified by officials in the department, had they fulfilled their duties," said Khn.

"We have now instituted a disciplinary investigation relating to those officials tasked with monitoring the progress of Masibambane and Great Commission," she said.

The department was taking over the nutrition programmes and would use alternative service providers to get food to the community.

Khn said the probe also found that there was no record of tax being deducted from employees' salaries. This would be referred to the SA Revenue Service.

  • biskit - 2011-07-13 13:13

    Talk about taking the food out of peoples mouths - Indeed investigate and if found guilty punish accordingly

      willieman - 2011-07-13 13:59

      Arrest them and execute them ,we will discuss the merit of the case later

      DJI - 2011-07-13 14:31

      Why is all the comments being deleted, I made 2 already and many others disappeared.

      DJI - 2011-07-13 14:33

      What I understand from this article is that the The Masibambane Community Gardening and Nutrition Project and the Great Commission Minister's Network were the culprits, that is why The department was taking over the nutrition programmes and would use alternative service providers to get food to the community. Is the The Masibambane Community Gardening and Nutrition Project and the Great Commission Minister's Network DA?

      My20cents - 2011-07-13 15:37

      I agree. They must come and investigate the feeding schemes here in Limpopo. The same is going on.... They are all thieves. The only food they are delivering is into their own mouths.

      Taurusaurus - 2011-07-13 16:43

      DJI, the Masibambane and Masithembele community centers in Khayelitsha received their appointments at a national level from the (National) Health and Welfare Dept. - Not from the Western Cape Provincial Government (DA). The alleged corruption swells to the top of the ranks, with allegations of knowingly stealing food packages (prepared meals and raw ingredients) and distributing them amongst community center workers, friends, and family. Please see my other (elaborated) comment for further information.

      Eric West - 2011-07-13 16:52

      Most of the guilty officials are ANC deployed cadres.

      DJI - 2011-07-13 22:29

      Taurusaurus, thank you, now that makes it a bit more clear for me.

  • otiose - 2011-07-13 13:15

    aaah the western cape, the only province actively fighting corruption. Had it been anywhere else and the feeding scheme moguls simply would have needed to bribe the officials!

  • harry lime - 2011-07-13 13:17

    incrediable how shocking this lust for greed by everyone in this country has taken soceity too. Suspension for these officials must not be an option it must be instant dismissall>>

      Gore - 2011-07-13 14:01

      They will take u to CCMA for unfair dismissal and they will most likely win and be awarded four X months salary to go. It's a nightmare in SA to fire someone even after gross incompetence!!

      Taurusaurus - 2011-07-13 16:46

      The funny thing is the "officials" seem to be highly untrained individuals with falsified CV's in it for the benefits (theft, high paying salaries, corruption) - considering their appointments are made at a national level by the Health & Welfare Dept., its not much of a wonder that this has happened... its truly disgusting.

  • Esperanza - 2011-07-13 13:27

    There is definitely something going on. I've heard of a school where the teachers keep some of the food (ingredients) to use for their own private functions

      MissGremlinSays - 2011-07-13 13:40

      Am horrified to hear this. The school feeding programs are vital for the children. For some of them, it is the only meal they get in a day. Children with empty tummys can't learn, and the cycle of poverty will continue.

      Xavier - 2011-07-13 13:55

      and why don't you do something about it!!!!!!!! Get it under the investigators attention!!!!!!!!!

      Esperanza - 2011-07-13 15:46

      It has been reported (anonymously) to the Inspector. Now we see if something will be done

  • Anonymous Thinker - 2011-07-13 13:41

    As usual Gov officials are taking from the poor to line their already bulging pockets. You'll probably find that the person in charge of stock control & invoices is not qualified to know how to dithe job.

      Tolerant - 2011-07-13 14:03

      The ANC / Gov. can not be blamed for this as Western Cape are run by the DA, but at least they get investigated and action will be taken.

      tkotze - 2011-07-13 14:27

      Agree Tolerant. This time I feel we can start to blame individuals. The governing authority was the one that exposed a problem within their midst and they started the necessary procedures. It is not another case of the media identifying a problem and government saying they will investigate. This time the investigation has already started - the way a governing authority should work, as with the corruption identified in the housing schemes. lets hope the needy people on the ground get the necessary help.

      Taurusaurus - 2011-07-13 16:23

      I'm fairly certain I know precisely which community center this is happening at (If Masibambane is the same as the other Masi- one I'm referring to). My co-worker and I did a recent installation there, and I heard from an impoverished, unemployed woman who had complained about not receiving food or support and been repeatedly ushered away because she wasn't "associated" with those working at the center. She also said that she had seen 1 or 2 bakkies arriving at times, and loading / collecting food parcels, raw food ingredients, etc., removing them from the community center, presumably to be distributed to the corrupt employees' homes - all stock arriving at the center is intended for distribution strictly at the center. This was about 4-6 weeks ago, and at the time, I had advised the woman to contact the Labor Dept, the Health & Welfare Dept., and the regional manager using the details available on the community center posters, signs, etc. I hope this gets sorted out, because giving food out based on favoritism, and stealing from the poor out of greed is so despicable, so criminally negligent, that I would just as soon make a citizen's arrest of those involved (allegedly, the acting director of the community center was / is aware of, and part of the corruption and theft - which I wouldn't disagree with, based on the behavioral patterns we observed)

  • liveandlove - 2011-07-13 13:55

    News 24 removing loads of comments again I see.

  • Born To Fish - 2011-07-13 13:55

    At least they are trying to feed the people in the Cape!

      LouisFLY - 2011-07-13 14:26

      foxie123 you obviously haven't lived in another province. Clearly your experiences are based on what you see on tv or read in the news. Go live in any other province and then open you "wise" mouth.

      navarac - 2011-07-13 15:29

      Fox(ed up) You can read but you don't actually comprehend!

  • Ingie - 2011-07-13 13:59

    well now you know why I dont donate to any street collections, schools, the poor, the childrens home blankets for the cold etc etc because as far as I am concerned it gets stolen and spent on themselves. Sorry this is the way I feel and because of all the fraud in SA wont part with 1 cent. Charity begins at home as everyone is battling now. Cannot believe that everyday when I go onto this site there has been another fraudelent episode. Do they actually sleep @ night.

      maggielou - 2011-07-13 14:22

      I agree 100% Ingle - also stopped listening to Cape Talk because they beg more by the day!!! Now looking after my own. Far too many charities doing far too little and stealing far too much. What has happened to the school feeding scheme paid for with tax money! Rather look after your own people and their immediate families. I would also, always, first want to know what the 'admin costs' (read exhorbitant salaries) of a charity are before I would consider giving a humble cent. Charity and NGO work has become very lucrative and that is the reason why there are so many new things opening up every day, since they take a percentage of what they collect. People must BEWARE!!!!!

      Alqualonde - 2011-07-13 14:47

      Nice excuses for being self absorbed Ingie and maggielou! Vast numbers of charities do amazing work around the country and you take a government scheme that has been caught out to justify yourself.

      navarac - 2011-07-13 15:31

      Whooa, there! Try donating to Lions, Round Table or Rotary.

  • Biko Lives - 2011-07-13 14:06

    The person who was responsible for the social developmental issues should take all the blame for this! But unfortunately as we all know the DA rewards incompetency! Patricia De Lille was rewarded with a mayoral position for her faillures! It is clear that Premier Hellen Zille does not know how to govern and the sooner we dissolve that province to be under the National Government administration the better off our people will be there!

      paulf - 2011-07-13 14:08

      You must be talking about the ANC here as they are Very Incompetent!!!

      dyllon.leigh - 2011-07-13 14:12

      A more likely scenario is that anc members have infiltrated the DA!

      E.Nuff - 2011-07-13 14:26

      Shame, you're funny! Stupid, but funny!

      DJI - 2011-07-13 14:34

      What I understand from this article is that the The Masibambane Community Gardening and Nutrition Project and the Great Commission Minister's Network were the culprits, that is why The department was taking over the nutrition programmes and would use alternative service providers to get food to the community. Is the The Masibambane Community Gardening and Nutrition Project and the Great Commission Minister's Network DA?

      liveandlove - 2011-07-13 14:37

      Bico..... Uuuummmmm... I would rather keep that mouth closed. I think you need to join the rest in the naughty corner.

      Ingie - 2011-07-13 14:37

      Maybe keep your comments to yourself as you dont know what you talking about. Its people like you that speak like this but the ones who bitch and moan when things dont happen. Look who is striking now the whites..OH no Dear Mr Biko but the blacks. Who runs the country the whites no Mr Biko the ANC the blacks. So rather not comment as its the ruling party that is making all the F.Ups in the country & not the whites.

      DJI - 2011-07-13 14:42

      Hi Biko, please see

      Nadia - 2011-07-13 15:09

      @Biko lives - did you get into the liquor cabinet again?

      Together - 2011-07-13 15:10

      Once again, please don't take the name of Steve Biko in vain. He was completely capable of telling the difference between fact and fiction, and he did NOT allow popular thinking to cloud his judgement. There is no political capital to be made out of this situation - hungry children are being defrauded, and some responsible grown-ups are sorting it out. End of chat.

      willieman - 2011-07-13 15:40

      Ag!!!!!you talk gabbage stop spitting puke

      Liberty - 2011-07-14 02:43

      @biko Helen Zille have received the world best mayor award, and Cape Town is the best run metro-pole in SA, so she must be doing something right. So don't get cute, there's not a corner of the ANC run government that's not in either a mess or a state of complete collapse

  • braamc - 2011-07-13 16:27

    The problem is, police been asked to investigate. These people can't investigate.

  • John Paul - 2011-07-13 22:02

    This is why the comrades are called comrade tsotsis = comatsosis

  • John Paul - 2011-07-13 22:03

    The comrades are here to rob to steal and to kill.

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