‘Vouchers were used to feed needy families’ — councillor

2020-01-22 06:01

THE Ward 13 councillor in Mbuba, outside Greytown, who has been accused of misusing the R18 200 voucher that was allocated to assist needy families during the Christmas season has distanced himself from the allegations.

Councillor Musa Zondi said the allocation of vouchers was not earmarked for the Christmas party for the elderly but rather for assisting needy families in the area.

Zondi was responding to a letter sent to the office of Speaker Wilson Khoza on Friday which accused him of handing out vouchers to his friends.

In the letter, resident Sbongiseni Goge said: “We are privy to the fact that the office of the municipal manager [Sphindile Ngiba] had provided each and every ward councillor with a voucher worth R18 200 which was [meant to be used for the] hosting of Christmas festivities. As residents of Ward 13 we can put it on record that Councillor Zondi did not have any Christmas-related programme [in December] for the ward.

“We would like him to provide us with an explanation of what he did with the money which was allocated to the ward.

“The money that was meant for Christmas festivities was used to purchase food parcels which were distributed among the councillors and committee members,” Goge said.

Goge also complained about inadequate supply of water in the area.

“Water tankers which are tasked with delivering water throughout the wards do not supply us with water. The only time we see the water tankers deliver water is when there is a funeral and water is provided to the family,” Gogo added.

When the Greytown Gazette contacted Zondi for comment he claimed that there is a handful of people in the area who are working together to discredit him.

“It’s a political smear campaign aimed at giving me a bad name in the community. The voucher of R18 200 was not earmarked for the elderly. It was not for the Christmas party of the senior citizens.

“We identified 28 needy families in the area. Each family received a voucher of R650,” said Zondi.

The spokesperson for uMvoti Municipality, Phindile Phungula, said: “These needy families were identified in consultation with the ward committee and community care givers.

“The councillor has confirmed that, at a senior citizen’s meeting between Sassa, the ward councillor and the senior citizens, the council provided clarity to the senior citizens on the levelled allegations.”

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