By Bosman Grobler MPL, DA Spokesperson on Rural Development and Land Reform:
The following member statement was delivered by DA Spokesperson on Rural Development and Land Reform, Bosman Grobler MPL, during a sitting in the Legislature today.
I rise to deliver a member statement on behalf of the Democratic Alliance.
Hon. Speaker, it has been reported that 80 Community Property Associations (CPA), consisting of approximately 10 000 beneficiaries in the Ehlanzeni District Municipality alone, have submitted a report to the Rural Development and Land Reform Minister, the Hon. Gugile Nkwinti.
The report makes allegation that corrupt officials are withholding funding that is due to CPAs. This report has prompted the Minister to order an investigation on land reform officials and how they are alleged to have swindled land beneficiaries of millions in restitution grants.
Hon. Speaker, this administration should be ashamed for failing the people on such a large scale. The move by these CPAs to approach National for intervention does not come as a surprise, as the DA has on numerous occasions written to the department and the relevant portfolio committee, informing them of maladministration not only in Ndlovini, but in Bergplaats and various other CPA’s, with nothing being done to remedy the situation.
Further to that, all written questions submitted by the DA on the functioning of CPAs in the province have gone unanswered.
Hon. Speaker, such a situation further cements the DA’s view that government is setting our people up for failure. As the DA, we call on the MEC to come clean on the extant of failures of CPAs in the province, and devise a clear strategy on how government will remedy this situation, and ensure CPAs are operating efficiently and effectively.
I thank you.