File Picture: Source: Amien Carelse
File Picture: Source: Amien Carelse

SACP Gauteng concerned over looting of food parcels, demolition of houses

By Jonisayi Maromo Time of article published Apr 20, 2020

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normal;background:white">Johannesburg - The South African Communist Party (SACP) in Gauteng said on Monday that it was concerned about the alleged looting of food parcels meant for vulnerable

communities.

normal;background:white">This comes after weekend newspapers reported that food parcel distribution in some parts of the province was fraught with corruption. 

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mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#222222">“We are worried that

the correct and progressive efforts by our government to ensure that the poor

and vulnerable working class communities are cushioned during the lockdown,

through inter alia food parcels, are now hijacked by opportunists who are

diverting them for narrow selfish interests,” said SACP Gauteng second deputy secretary

Sekete Moshoeshoe in a statement. 

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mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#222222">“It is alleged that in

our province of Gauteng, particularly in Tshwane, where this fraudulent activity

is apparently rife, many working-class families have been left in a precarious

position far worse than before the lockdown was put into place.” 

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mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#222222">The provincial SACP called

on the Gauteng provincial government to urgently take steps to ensure that the

food parcels reach their intended recipients. 

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mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#222222">“Furthermore, we

appeal that criminal charges must be laid against the culprits, where there is

clear evidence of violation of the processes to distribute food to vulnerable

families,” he said. 

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mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#222222">“Working with our districts

across the province, we are closely monitoring this situation including the

food distribution process to ensure the government’s correct decision to place

premium on food security to ensure sustainable livelihoods, households and

communities for the most vulnerable sections of our population during this

difficult period in our history is upheld.” 

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mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#222222">Commenting on the

evictions and demolitions of houses in Lawley, south of Johannesburg, the SACP

expressed concern about the City of Joburg taking the drastic action

during the current extended lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus. 

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mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#222222">“Equally, we are

perturbed by the evictions and house demolitions by the City of Johannesburg in

Lawley, south of Johannesburg. We are reliably informed that almost 100 poor

working-class families have been displaced and left destitute by this action of

the city,” said Moshoeshoe. 

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mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#222222">“Of particular concern

to us is that these demolitions are taking place during the Covid-19 lockdown

and most probably in violation of the regulation that clearly stipulates that

no one should be evicted during the lockdown period. We call on the provincial

government to urgently attend to this impending crisis before it gets of out of

hand.”

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mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#222222">The provincial SACP

further called on law enforcement agencies to look into the matter and ensure

that those responsible are held criminally liable for violating Covid-19

regulations during the lockdown.

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