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Gauteng Premier admits that FF Plus intervention solved problem with Cradle of Hope food programme

In his reply to the budget vote debate on the Premier's Office earlier today, the Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, admitted that it was the FF Plus that brought it to his attention that the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Cradle of Hope was being prevented from providing food aid to those in need.

Adv Anton Alberts, FF Plus national chairperson and MPL, brought the matter to the Premier's attention during a premier’s meeting with leaders and political parties. The Premier immediately took it upon himself to step in and this allowed Cradle of Hope in Krugersdorp to continue with its food aid programme.

Cradle of Hope had met with quite a lot of resistance from, among others, the Gauteng Department of Social Development and the police service as it was distributing warm, cooked food among the poor.

The problem began in the context of the directive that was issued by the acting MEC for Social Development, Panyaza Lesufi, which stipulated that food aid must be centralised under the Department.

In response, the FF Plus took up the matter on various fronts. Amanda de Lange, MPL and Chief Whip in the Gauteng Legislature, personally took up the matter with Lesufi.

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