Food parcels justified says Gauteng Community Safety MEC

Kate Lorimer MPL

DA Shadow MEC: Community Safety

In response to oral questions during the sitting of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, MEC for Safety and Security, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, said that R157 500 spent on food parcels for four communities between July and December 2013 was completely justified.

The MEC flatly denied that this was wasteful expenditure on behalf of the department.

When questioned about how this fitted in with the mandate of community safety, the MEC suggested that this was a form of social development.

The DA would like to remind the MEC that we have a dedicated Department of Social Development and that it is the directive of community safety to build good relationships between communities and law enforcement.

This is done by improving crime fighting, tackling the drug scourge and making sure that the people of this province feel safe.

It is not done by using public funds to buy food parcels to win votes.

We urge the MEC to focus on the mandate of her own department and ensure that all funding is directed to improving safety and security in Gauteng, not for party political gain.