An investigation is under way over why food aid by business has not been distributed by the Kopanong Municipality in the Free State. The African National Congress (ANC) councillor responsible for the distribution denies the food is rotting at the municipality.
Residents claim that political power is being abused and the vulnerable ignored.
Residents of Reddersburg are desperate for answers over alleged food parcels corruption. Allegations have emerged that food parcels meant for the poor have been left to rot for four months.

In the video below, ANC in Thaba-Nchu aggrieved about the quality of food parcels in the Free State: 

Businesses donated maize and potatoes in April during the hard lockdown. It was meant for distribution to destitute families. Some angry residents had this to say…

“I am not working and I stay here with no food, I always have to make a plan.”

“The food is meant for us but we are not receiving it and we are hungry.”
“People are talking that the food comes out at night, he gives his friends.”

“The food is even rotten now, potatoes and beetroot are smelling at the municipality.”Residents say they’ve been stripped off their dignity for too long. They say no kind of proper service delivery have been received in the area.

Meanwhile, the ANC councillor Kagiso Moeketse from ward one insists that the food is still in good condition…

“Those who are masquerading, those who took pictures of the food found in the municipal offices must tell us the truth because there’s no rotten food there. The food that we have it’s only potatoes and mealie meal. There is a program that is meant to be followed by the committee on how food should be distributed.”

The Kopanong municipality has denied any knowledge of food parcels at the municipality. Municipal Manager Martin Kubheka says investigations are underway…

“After this matter was brought to our attention, we have launched a full investigation, the investigation is under way and we view this in a very serious light. And after this, we will then come back to the public and give a full report as to what happened, what led to that.”

This poverty-stricken area has a high unemployment rate. The majority survive hand-to-mouth.

In the video below, Free State community pleads with government to supply them with food: