Watch: Mpumalanga government official accused of food parcel fraud

Allegations of corruption continue to haunt government's Social Relief of Distress programme.

Watch: Mpumalanga government official accused of food parcel fraud

Video footage, allegedly showing the Deputy Speaker of Mpumalanga’s Provincial Legislature, Vusi Mkhatshwa, receiving a home delivery of food parcels meant for the poor, has caused outrage on social media.

As South Africa continues to languish under the heavy socioeconomic burden of lockdown, government’s feeding schemes, intended to mitigate starvation amongst the country’s most vulnerable, have been marred by corruption and political favouritism.

The food parcel programme, overseen nationally by the Department of Social Development, has become the subject of fierce controversy. President Cyril Ramaphosa, himself, has addressed the issue of misconduct, condemning public officials who have been caught in the act. After receiving numerous complaints from local government, Ramaphosa noted that individual interference with the food parcel project would be dealt with “harshly”.

Watch: Mpumalanga Deputy Speaker ‘receiving food parcels

Mkhatshwa, who has not yet issued a statement concerning the recent allegations, finds himself at the centre of the latest food parcel scandal. According to commentary which accompanied a video posted to social media, Mkhatshwa was caught ‘red handed’ receiving food parcels, delivered by a DSD truck, at his place of residence in Barberton. The narrator also pointed to the presence of Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) officials, saying:

“Food parcels are being delivered to Vusi Mkhatshwa. It’s very clear; there’s a truck, there’s EPWP people… these people are out of order.

They are taking food that is meant for the people for themselves and their comrades. These are food parcels meant for the poor.”

The footage, which was allegedly filmed in Ward 44, has since caused an outcry on social media, with many citizens calling for an urgent investigation into the matter.

Neither Mkhatshwa nor the Mpumalanga Provincial Government has issued comment concerning the allegations.

Problems with government’s Social Relief of Distress programme

In April, the South African Police Service (SAPS) swooped on several suspects alleged to be involved in food parcel fraud.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have claimed that local African National Congress (ANC) officials, tasked with delivering food parcels to those in need, have instead hoarded consumables and exhibited political prejudice when working in communities.

The Social Relief of Distress programme intends to deliver 250 000 food parcels to South Africans in need.

Source : The South African More   

What's Your Reaction?


Next Article

Lasizwe’s take on how cashiers behave during the lockdown [video]

In his latest video, Lasizwe pokes fun at the different ways cashiers do their work at three major grocery shops in South Africa.

Lasizwe’s take on how cashiers behave during the lockdown [video]

Lasizwe Dambuza recently uploaded a video highlighting the differences between cashiers from various food outlets in South Africa, specifically with regard to the national lockdown and certain safety procedures.

A household name

Lasizwe has become somewhat of a household name with his reenactments and parody videos of South Africans. According to his bio, he is known as a South African comedian, television personality, radio host and actor. In fact, Lasizwe accumulated over 200 000 subscribers on YouTube over the last couple of years.

His comedic takes range from The Difference Between the DA, EFF and the ANC‘ and ‘How Eskom Does Load Shedding in South Africa’. His ‘Afrikaans’ skits have also gained a lot of traction from YouTube users.

On Facebook, he said he rose to fame when he released a parody song (Let’s Dink Oros) in 2014 which aired on the radio station, 947 Highveld Stereo.

After that, Lasizwe became a social media star by dropping funny videos across Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram. 

“I have dedicated my life to working hard and always thinking smart and creative in order to reach an audience with something new and fresh.”

The difference between Shoprite vs Woolworths vs Pick n Pay during the lockdown

In the latest from Lasizwe, the comedian from Soweto goes on to highlight the differences between cashiers. The video, that is currently trending in South Africa, clocked in over 100 000 views on YouTube as of 6 May 2020.

“This whole video is gold, thanks for keeping us sane during this time,” said one YouTube user. “This video is going to hit 1 million views,” said another.

Also read


Lasizwe initially joined YouTube on 26 January 2017 and has since clocked in more than 40 096 781 views combined.

Also read:

Source : The South African More   

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.