KwaZulu-Natal MEC for social development Meshack Hadebe says he is not worried about a projection that his department will have overspent by R135million by the end of the financial year in March.
Speaking to Sowetan yesterday while he was examining the extent of storm and rain disasters that have again ravaged the province, Hadebe said he would continue helping people, whether this resulted in overspending or not.
His comment came amid accusations by the IFP's Lionel Mtshali, who criticised the department for misusing funds, saying the state of affairs in the department were worrying and worsening.
"I am not worried by projections that we will have overspent by the end of the current financial year because I know where the money goes to," Hadebe said.
"It is better to overspend and know that you were helping needy people than to return the money while people are hungry.
"I am prepared to take any criticism or bashing from anybody."
Yesterday Hadebe visited Qhudeni in Nkandla, Vryheid and Mondlo to assess the damage.
Other areas that were heavily affected by Saturday night's storm include Umlazi in Durban, Magabheni and Lower South Coast.
In Umlazi a family was left with no house after heavy winds accompanied by hail battered down their home.
In Mondlo a 14-year-old boy died when a violent storm ravaged the area. The boy, who had tried to hide from the wind, was hit against the head by a flying sheet of corrugated iron.
The boy's mother and scores of other residents were injured by flying debris.
Disaster management teams have been dispatched to the area to help and those whose houses were damaged will be provided with temporary shelter.