Food for votes

2014-01-05 06:00

Government’s budget for food parcels and vouchers has received a massive boost in the run-up to this year’s general election.

The budget is now almost double what it usually is in a non-election year after an extra R200?million was allocated for social relief in Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s appropriations budget in October.

This sum was added to the R219?million budget that had been completely spent by the end of that month.

This comes on top of circumstantial evidence that government has used food distribution in municipalities in which the ANC was in danger of losing control to sweeten voters in favour of the governing party.

The general election this year is expected to be the most fiercely contested since 1994.

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