Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu on Thursday received a heavy criticism from Members of Parliament (MPs), while some calling for her to step down.
MPs were responding to a ministerial statement delivered by Zulu in the National Assembly, where she listed some of her department’s achievements.
Zulu said that Social Development got an unprecedented R50 billion for COVID-19 support during the lockdown.
Zulu mentioned some of her department’s achievements.
This includes like the 1.2 million food parcels distributed, went as far as naming two NGOs that were successfully paid R200,000 in relief funding.
However, the Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Bridgette Masango said that the department had not done enough and called for Zulu resignation.
She should issue an unconditional apology to the millions of South Africans who have been victims of her lack of leadership.
For her being removed from the reality of the people she has the privilege of serving.
“After the apology, the honourable minister must do the honourable thing and vacate her position,” Masango said.
Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) MP Liezl van der Merwe said that Zulu’s statement was incomplete and reminded her of corruption and suffering.
Gender-based violence increased, and when organisations warned of an increase in child abuse, this department simply looked the other way,” she said.