Community raises R150 000 for food
"As a city, we are very clear against corruption and we will cooperate with law enforcement on any matter that involves such actions," said Ngwenya.
By Khuthala Nandipha Close to 200 families in Kidd's Beach, East London and surrounding rural villages are currently receiving food parcels from an amount of R150 000 raised by companies and individuals during the Covid 19 lockdown. The Kidds Beach Rate Payers Association (KBRPA) in collaboration with East London based NPO, Small Projects Foundation and Ikhaya Lithemba have ensured that no one inland of the R72 to Somerset West goes hungry. "We supply food, purchased from donations to people who are in distressed situations. We have already spent R23 000 for 40 families. This week, 130 families will benefit. We wish to encourage more communities to stand together and those that can, to assist by donating funds," said Chairman of the KBRRA, Stephen Keet.
Meanwhile, controversial ANC Ward 10 Councillor Roseline Witbooi had a police case opened against her after voice notes were leaked where she is heard saying that this is the month to eat for her and committee members. The community of Buffalo Flats accused her of keeping the parcels for herself and fellow committee members. The leaked voice notes, which Eastern Cape Rising Sun is in possession of, tell a tale of a group of women who see the Covid 19 outbreak as their opportunity "to have fun and eat". Witbooi can be overheard saying, "It looks like there will be another round of food parcels, we are going to eat, this is our month. I want those members who love being sworn at to be on board". She adds that "I will be deleting these recordings because you guys like forwarding. We are politicians, we think differently. The snitch must be found and taken out," she said. Another committee member who swears throughout her recording, claims that it is their turn. "We are not going to stop having fun because of these gogo that gossip." Witbooi was arrested last year for robbing a family of R5 000 issued by the Buffalo City Municipality Metro for a funeral to bury loved ones after they died in a shack fire in 2017. She was released on a warning in January 2020 and resumed her duties as Councillor. Witbooi ignored all attempts to get a comment about the new case opened at the Buffalo Flats police station by the Economic Freedom Fighters in Buffalo City. The EFF has called for her immediate removal, labelling her 'an opportunistic thug'. "She has formed a syndicate, cheerleaders who sideline the destitute. We have witnessed this in Wards 1, 41 and 48," said Siya Rumbu, spokesperson for the EFF in Buffalo City. Samkelo Ngwenya, spokesperson for the Metro said they received complaints from Ward 14 and other wards about how beneficiary lists were compiled but those have since been ironed out after the speaker of Council sat down with each Ward Councillor. "As a city we are very clear against corruption and we will cooperate with law enforcement on any matter that involves such actions," said Ngwenya