Democratic Alliance’s case against Social Development Minister, Lindiwe Zulu over restrictions on the distribution of food parcels takes place in the Western Cape High Court on Friday, 22 May 2020.
DA says they took the action after Zulu’s department enforced a ban on soup kitchens and drew up tight regulations that hindered the distribution of food parcels by NGOs and charities.
“A large number of food relief organizations were told by the police or by officials of the Department of Social Development to stop giving out food.
We believe thousands of people have suffered malnutrition and hunger as a result,” they said.
The Democratic Alliance’s argument in court is that the minister has no authority to issue such regulations, that the regulations are irrational and also that she didn’t follow proper procedures and also the contradiction of the regulations to the constitutional right to food.
“We know that Zulu is dissembling and floundering. What we don’t know is whether she really believes her department is so efficient it can feed millions,
or whether she is so cynical that she doesn’t care if people starve just as long as she can control the food supply for the purpose of getting votes,” said DA.
Minister Zulu is said to have denied blocking food distribution in a Parliamentary Portfolio Committee, but then later on contradicted herself by defending her restrictive regulations saying they were to ensure coordination of food relief efforts.
DA says time will tell whether Zulu is “clinically deluded or biblically wicked” following her restrictions on the distribution of food parcels.