Two Gauteng councillors in hot water for ‘violating food distribution instruction’

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“If we do so, we will lose donors. Donors don’t want to be associated with wrong things. Make us proud and distribute to the needy. I don’t want to be part of a commission of inquiry after coronavirus. If there will be a commission, I will appear there as a witness and testify against you.”

#LockdownSA MEC Panyaza Lesufi has warned his staff at food banks that he doesn’t want them to delay the distribution of food because of laziness.

— ntwaagae Seleka (@ntwaagae) May 7, 2020

He urged workers to conduct the distribution in a cost effective manner that will ensure food reaches people.

“We distribute our food in a dignified way. We have our own food register and we check expiry dates of food that we receive. We also need to intervene in coloured communities,” Lesufi said.

“We have interest of who is getting food. We want to build a story of how we fight poverty in future. Post-coronavirus, we must accelerate fighting poverty.”


West Rand District Mayor Dennis Thabe said they don’t want ward councillors to distribute food in the area.

“We want this food to go to relevant people. No ward councillor will distribute food. We respect what regulations are saying and don’t want to be part of a commission of inquiry after coronavirus. We are available to assist in packaging food parcels here if there is a need,” said Thabe.

#LockdownSA “We are not offering lip service. We told all councillors in Gauteng to backoff from food distribution. We check expiry dates of food donated to us. Two councillors were reported to us and we escalated the matter to Cogta” said Lesufi @TeamNews24

— ntwaagae Seleka (@ntwaagae) May 7, 2020

Senior vice president for stakeholder relations at Sibanye Stillwater Thabisile Phumo said they had invested R4.5 million in the distribution of food parcels on the West Rand.

Phumo said it was important that they were also involved in the health sector in Gauteng.

Phumo promised that they would provide healthcare workers on the West Rand with personal protective equipment (PPE) next week.

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