The ANC demands that strict action be taken against the deputy mayor of Stellenbosch because she apparently broke protocol and was involved in the distribution of food parcels.
Anton Bredell, Western Cape MEC for local government, sent this protocol to all municipalities and councilors last week.
“When government money is used for food parcels, it is better if councilors do not help distribute it so that there is no politics involved. This is how we prevent corruption and that only certain people benefit from it, ”the protocol states.
“I emphasize that board members may not be involved in gathering and distributing food parcels.”
The ANC in the Boland region is now demanding that Bredell take action against Wilhelmina Petersen, deputy mayor of Stellenbosch, because she was apparently involved in the distribution of food parcels in Franschhoek this weekend. The party also claims that the food parcels were only distributed in sections that the DA considers its constituency.
“The deputy mayor has ignored Bredell’s order. We are also furious because these relief packages, which were intended for poor communities regardless of their political affiliation, were distributed in parts of Franschhoek which the DA regards as its constituency, ”says Sabelo Mahlathi of the ANC-Boland region.
“The deputy mayor and her party ignored Franschhoek disaster management and decided who the beneficiaries should be.”
The ANC fears it could cause tension in the community.
“Bredell has to act and if he needs proof, we can give it.”
Stuart Grobbelaar, communications manager at the Stellenbosch municipality, says they are aware of the allegations against the deputy mayor.
“The case was referred to the speaker’s office for investigation. The matter will also be referred to the MEC of local government, ”says Globbelaar.