Shack fire victims given 'expired food'

City of CT has admitted to donating food passed its sell-by-date to victims of the Valhalla Park shack fires.

Children and their parents are seen walking around the burnt out remains of their Valhalla Park homes after a massive blaze. 23 December 2013. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - City of Cape Town officials have admitted some food that had passed its sell-by-date was recently donated to residents of the Agstelaan informal settlement in Valhalla Park.

A fire ripped through the area in December last year, leaving about 1,500 people homeless and the city has been collecting and dropping off food donations for the affected residents ever since.

The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in the Western Cape's Muhammad Khalid Sayed said, "We find this reminiscent of the treatment that the city gave to these people when the fires broke out in December. For many days they did not even give the people anything to eat."

The city's JP Smith said some of the old food has now been disposed of.

"When Disaster Management realised some of it has passed the sell-by-date, they immediately did a withdrawal of it, which I must tell you, people were unwilling to part with. I must also say that the reason they can complain about food that's passed its sell-by-date is because food is continuously being given to that settlement, months after the fire."