09 January 2013
The IFP is shocked and appalled by claims that
disaster relief efforts to assist residents who were affected by
the December 9th hail storm in Ladysmith are being done on a
IFP Spokesperson on Co-operative Governance
and Traditional Affairs, Peter Smith, MP said "Our Councillors
in Ladysmith have reported that during the assessment of the
damage done by the hail storm, some of the assessors only
visited their own friends and families, did not have proper
writing materials nor could they read, understand or complete
survey documents. It was disgraceful".
One of the assessors was said to be a 14 year
old boy who did not know how to conduct any assessment surveys.
"We are very concerned about this because
there are a number of people who were left off the relief list and
the Mnambithi Mayor, Mr MV Madlala, apparently aware of this
situation, has said and done nothing. Assessors promised to do
more surveys from the 7th -10th January but up until now nothing
has happened. When we contacted the SASSA District Manager in
Ladysmith, Mrs N Maharaj she said they had no staff to do
surveys" said Smith.
The IFP calls upon the MEC for Co-operative
Governance, Ms Nomusa Dube, to investigate this matter urgently.
IFP Spokesperson on Co-operative Governance and Traditional
Hon Peter Smith MP; 083 299
IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison
Phendulani Biyase; 073 024