ANC rejects oversight visit to Dipela’s farm

Beyers Smit (MP)

NCOP Member

The DA has requested the Select Committee on Land in the National Council Of Provinces (NCOP) to urgently do an oversight visit to Rietfonteinfarm in Modimolle. The farm belongs to the formerMunicipal Manager of Bela-Bela Municipality, Andrew Dipela.

Mr Dipela has been neglecting the livestock on his farm. Terrible conditions were found on the farm, with larger pigs cannibalising piglets due to chronic underfeeding.

This is a state-owned farm that requires rigorous oversight. The NCOP must urgently visit the farm to ensure that conditions improve and that the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries continues to do the necessary oversight visits.

The ANC has however blocked my proposal from going ahead, in a clear attempt to shield Mr Dipela from further investigation.

We will liaise with the SPCA, who have been investigating the conditions on the farm, to consider criminal action Mr Dipela