Jacques Smalle (MPL)
DA Limpopo Provincial Leader
The DA is seeking an urgent meeting with MEC for education, Thembisile Nwedamutswu , to discuss the contaminated food that is being distributed to schools across the province through the schools nutrition programme.
Once again , more than 300 learners from Hlakudi Primary school in Tafelkop around Sekhukhune district were rushed to Groblersdal and Glen Cowie Hospitals after eating samp and beans during lunch break yesterday.
They were all complaining about stomach cramps after eating the food and five of them are still in a critical conditions and are expected to be released either today or tomorrow. They found stones and pieces of glass in their food.
Last week, more than 50 learners from Mashegoana Primary school in Hlakano village (Lepelle Nkumpi Municipality) were also rushed to a local clinic after developing skin rash after eating expired tinned fish and beans from the feeding scheme.
We insist and reiterate that the department blacklist all service providers responsible for delivering “unfit” and expired food to various schools across the province.
The continuous delivery of contaminated food to our schools is a clear indication that the department does not have measures in place to assess and verify the quality of food delivered to all our schools.
The DA is deeply concerned about the series of incidents occurring in various schools. We are urging the department to stop ordering food from these service providers as it is a matter of time before their food kills our learners.
The DA wants MEC Nwedamutswu to provide us with a comprehensive report explaining measures that she has taken since the outbreak of this contaminated food crisis across the province.