On the 4th September 2012 we got a call from branch members in F section that formula milk is being sold in spaza shops in Khayelitsha, this is formula milk that is not supposed to be sold as it is an government issue and says “not for sale” at the back of the can.
We send out a team to investigate. We went to two Somalian shops to go and buy the formula milk, they charged us R35-00 and the other store is in I-section and they charged us R45-00. We then went to Sis Mpumi to inform her but also to confirm which of the health facilities is giving out this formula feed. We were also informed that there was a similar case of formula milk that was being sold whilst it is an government issue and should be for free, the case was never followed through by the police, no evidence. Our concern is that this is happening again under the same management of the people that is supposed to look after the district health resources but instead we have corruption that takes resources away from our poor people.
We continue with our investigation and our evidence was already given to Forensic Units at both Province and City who is jointly working on this case.
In the meantime, we urge the community of Khayelitsha and in other districts to look out and report such corruption. If you have any information that could assist us with this case, please do not hesitate to contact our district office, for Mthura or Mike or Fredalene at (021) 364 5489.