SOCIAL GRANTS SHOULD NOT BECOME "POLITICAL BRIBES"
The Freedom Front Plus said that it is critically important that poverty in South Africa should be fought but warned that the perception is beginning to form that the ANC is abusing social grants in an attempt to retain political power.
It follows comments by preeminent South Africans in which serious criticism was raised about corruption and the government's use of social grants and black economic empowerment (BEE). The criticism was expressed by amongst others, Dr. Franklin Sonn, businessman and former ambassador, Mr. Tony Ehrenreich of Cosatu and Mr. Moeletsi Mbeki, political analyst and brother of former president Mbeki, during a conference on poverty which was hosted jointly by the Dutch Reformed Church and the United Reformed Church.
According to Dr. Conrad Beyers, FF Plus spokesperson on Finance, two comments made by Mr. Mbeki is particularly worrying if it is to be true. These comments are:
That the ANC is buying votes through their use of social grants, and
That the ANC possibly has a vested interest in keeping impoverished people poor and uneducated.