Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana confirmed on Friday that national treasury will send R1 billion to KZN. The money will be available by next Tuesday. Aside from that, the Department of Human Settlements says the eThekwini metro has access to R539 million from the Urban Settlements Development Grant.
That’s a lot of money. Given our recent history as a country, we do know that money goes missing when times are tough. Just look back to the Digital Vibes saga and all the COVID-19 protective equipment deals.
According to the Public Protector’s office, Mkhwebane will assemble a team of investigators in the coming week. They will be sent to KZN to “monitor and follow up” on all public service delivery and humanitarian aid projects carried out by the state.
The Public Protector’s office says it will share the names of affected families with the South African Social Security Agency and the Department of Human Settlements.
The investigators will then “follow up” on the process. Mkhwebane says she will have her eyes on all organs of state involved. She’s urging the government to make sure relief funds are used “solely for the intended purpose”.
With over R1 billion on the way, let’s hope the people who need the funds, get them.