Apr 20, 2021

Warning Of Fake Food Parcel On Social Media

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We are warning people about the fake food parcel trending on social media, the Department know nothing about the distribution of food parcels.

FILE PHOTO: Gauteng Social Development has warned people of a fake social media post about food parcel. PICTURE: The Citizen

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JOHANNESBURG: Kabasia warned people about incorrect and misleading social media posts.

The Gauteng Social Development Department distanced itself from the spread of fake social media messages about the distribution of food parcels in the province.

We are warning people about the fake food parcel trending on social media, the Department know nothing about the distribution of food parcels.

Onkemetse Kabasia, the department’s Deputy Director-General for Social Welfare Services stated that a special food relief programme was implemented by the department in March 2020, and it was scaled down after the government implemented the Covid-19 Social Relief fund, as part of the Covid-19 response when the country was in a hard lockdown.

“At the end of September 2020, the special food programme had distributed food relief to over 537 388 families, reaching over 2 686 940 persons in Gauteng.”

“Presently, the department distributes food relief on a lower scale, targeting specifically profiled families or those who meet service requirements of the department, not the general public,” said Kabasia.

Kabasia warned people about incorrect and misleading social media posts, since the department is not giving food parcels to the general public, and also encourage people to follow the Social Development social media platforms for correct news.

“This is not an official communication from the department and thus must be ignored. We encourage communities to follow Department of Social Development media platforms to get the most accurate information,” she added.

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