Those were not government food parcels, says provincial deputy speaker

Food parcels have been handed out to those in need during the lockdown. Picture: iStock/Gallo Images
Food parcels have been handed out to those in need during the lockdown. Picture: iStock/Gallo Images

Food parcels that were delivered to Mpumalanga’s deputy speaker Vusi Mkhatshwa’s home this week were not bought by government, but donated by private businesses, he said after a video recording of a truck delivering the parcels to his house in Barberton surfaced.

“These parcels were supposed to be delivered to the ANC offices, but they were not because the offices were burnt down. My home was a better place because there’s space and there are security guards,” Mkhatshwa said.

“We did not think it was wrong to do so,” he said.

The ANC offices were razed about two months ago when community members protested violently to force the Municipal Demarcation Board to re-establish their own municipality, which was merged with the City of Mbombela after the local government elections in 2016.

The EFF has been closely monitoring the delivery of food parcels.

Last month, Mpumalanga EFF chairperson Collen Sedibe laid criminal charges against Member of the Provincial Legislature Jeanette Thabethe and SA Social Security Agency acting regional manager Kedibone Mathebula after a truck allegedly delivered food parcels to Thabethe’s home outside Mbombela.

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Sedibe claimed that the food parcels were being distributed at night to the ANC members’ households.

Fingers also were also pointed at ANC Ehlanzeni regional deputy conveyor Ngrayi Ngwenya for having food parcels at his house in Nkomazi.

A separate video recording that was circulated shows young men loading the parcels into bakkies. Ngwenya said that the food parcels were donated by businesspeople.

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