Democratic Alliance has called on president Cyril Ramaphosa to do the right thing and fire the minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu over incompetence.
Democratic Alliance shadow minister of Social Development Bridget Masango cites that Minister Zulu has proven that she is completely out of touch with the realities that poor and vulnerable South Africans face and that she is clearly incapable of running the Department of Social Development (DSD).
“The minister has reportedly stated that she never expected the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic would have such a crippling impact on the poor. During the early stages of the lockdown , Minister Zulu posted on Instagram that she had a hard staying at home and that the coronavirus must go away,” she said.
Masango adds that the Department of Social Development and the South African Social Security (SASSA) have performed dismally during this time of crisis.
“Their mandate is to provide social relief during a disaster and to manage and distribute relief. However, the DSD and SASSA’s response has been wholly inadequate and they have failed at every turn,” she said.
Masango says the minister, her department and SASSA have not only buckled under pressure since the start of lockdown, they have proved that they are incapable of providing relief to the poor and vulnerable.
“Minister Zulu is not fit for this purpose and she has shown nothing but disdain for the poor and vulnerable,” she said.
The Democratic Alliance believes that Minister Zulu’s apologies are hollow and do not mean anything for the millions of South Africans whose dignity she has disregarded.
DA Shadow minister for Social Development argues that Zulu attempted to criminalize charity during the lockdown by banning NGOs and Good Samaritans from providing food parcels.
She also adds that the payment of the R350 Relief of Distress Grant has been mired by technical glitches and chronic delays.
“There have been several complaints from needy South Africans who have applied for this grant, that their applications have been rejected on the basis that they have other incomes,” she said.