MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


IFP is Shocked by Selective Disaster Relief Efforts in Ladysmith

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 selective basis.

 

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.

 

Contact:
IFP Spokesperson on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs
Hon Peter Smith MP; 083 299 9687 
Or 

IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison Officer
Phendulani Biyase; 073 024 5675