Contaminated food: MEC must blacklist service providers  

Jacques Smalle (MPL)

DA Limpopo Provincial Leader

The DA will be approaching MEC for education, Thembisile Nwedamutswu , to urgently blacklist all service providers responsible for delivering “unfit” and expired food to various schools across the province through the department’s school nutrition programme.

The DA can confirm that more than 50 learners from Mashegoana Primary school in Hlakano village (Lepelle Nkumpi Municipality) were rushed to a local clinic after developing skin rash after eating expired tinned fish and beans from the feeding scheme yesterday.

It is alleged that this is the third incident of this kind and the department has done nothing to prevent future occurrences.

This comes after two pupils found pieces of glass and small stones in the beans they were eating around Sekhukhune area last month. Four pupils have already died this year from this programme

Limpopo receives more than 17% of the national budget towards provincial department’s feeding scheme programme. The R87 million towards this programme can still not be managed effectively and monitored by the department.

Urgent investigations by the department are essential in order to safeguard learners from eating expired food, which has led to over 300 students already ending up in various hospitals and clinics.

It’s clear that the department does not have measures in place to assess and verify the quality of food delivered to all our schools.

The DA will seek an urgent meeting with MEC Nwedamutswu to encourage her department to set up a task team that will evaluate and review the programme in ensuring that food quality is improved.