Did Mantashe receive priority treatment for disaster funding?

Gwede MantasheFollowing a fire that affected several farms in Cala, Eastern Cape last week, disaster relief was provided within 48 hours to a farm owned by ANC Secretary General, Gwede Mantashe.

Timeous relief is welcomed for farmers in the area including Mantashe, who received bales of feed from the state and farmers who wanted to assist.

This is evidence that timeous disaster relief is possible especially for those that have been waiting for years to receive funding from the state for disaster relief.

Communities such as those affected by the severe flooding of 2006 in Langkloof are still waiting for assistance from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

Other communities in the North West, Mpumalanga and Limpopo are also still waiting for relief after floods that occurred between December 2010 and February 2011.

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Closer to home, residents of Aston Bay and Paradise Beach are still waiting for their roads to be repaired following the 2011 floods.

The same treatment that has been afforded to Mr Mantashe must be afforded to all farmers and communities in similar positions. What is good for the ANC’s elite should be good for the rest of the country.

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