KZN Floods: DA calls for monitoring of relief fund

Johannesburg – Billions of rands are expected to be dispersed to flood-hit areas of KwaZulu-Natal, but there are concerns the money may be stolen.

The Democratic Alliance is calling for a multi-party committee to monitor how the funds will be used.

“We’re going to make sure, like we suggested last time, that right from the beginning an ad hoc committee is created, a multi-party ad-hoc committee that will meet weekly to assess the disbursement of that fund and where it is going on the ground and we will be able to verify it,” DA leader John Steenhuisen said.

“Remember we called for this from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and we were told that it wouldn’t be required and we saw the looting and feeding frenzy from those funds.

“I also think the focus needs to be on making sure we channel as much of that money as possible into organisations like Gift of the Givers and other search and rescue organisations who have a track record of actually providing relief and giving it where it needs,” he said.

“There’s a great level of mistrust with government there’s a higher degree of trust with these NGOs that have a better track record to get that aid exactly where it’s needed on the ground.”

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