MEC does not care for the poor, ignores court order, Free State

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MEC does not care for the poor, ignores court order, Free State
MEC does not care for the poor, ignores court order, Free State

The Freedom Front Plus urged the Free State Social Development MEC, Limakatso Mahasa, to pay out overdue grants to non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

The department has been running since 2015 to pay subsidies to the NGO, Engo due to the fact that a funding model for the granting of subsidies to this organization. There are fears that some children’s homes in the province will have to close their doors, if funds are not urgently made available.

Engo currently dispatches 724 children at 34 homes in the province.

“NGOs play an important role in ensuring social prosperity in our communities”
“The department’s inability to pay NGOs, such as Engo in the Free State, due to inadequate funding models creates the impression that the ANC simply does not care for the poor,” said Tammy Wessels, Free State MP for the FF Plus.

“The MEC as a political head of the department shows her disregard of a fifth court order to adjust her department’s cost model policy, that she does not have the political will to provide critical services and resources for people and children in need in the province no. ”

Wessels says Mahasa and her department do not only act on the so-called court order, but place these organizations in an impossible financial situation and prevent thousands of children and the elderly from being in need of care.

“Non-governmental organizations play an important role in ensuring social prosperity in our communities, but can not afford it as an important source of income, namely the Department of Social Development, as a partner does not strengthen their hands and budgets,” says Wessels

The FF Plus will also ask in the Portfolio Committee for Maestro Services in the Free State Legislature why Mahasa’s department continues to comply with the court order and implement a financing model policy.

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