By Jacques Smalle DA Limpopo Leader, DA Spokesperson for Agriculture:
The DA notes with concern the continuous abuse of power by officials and politicians either doing business with state to enrich themselves and in so doing severely compromising the integrity of the executive
The department of agriculture collaborated with the LDC and the University of Limpopo to improve the quality of livestock in the province, especially that of smallholder farmers. The project, known as Nguni Project, purchased 193 Nguni cattle and distributed it to 6 projects in the province.
Madam Speaker it is under this project that the MEC of agriculture benefitted to a total of 51 Nguni cattle said to be worth more than R1 million.
It is not surprising then that the farm on which the cattle graze is also leased through the department of rural development and land reform by the MEC, a competency under the MEC’s care.
Honourable members this is a red flag that indicates that the MEC can be seen to unduly influence awards from the Nguni cattle project and the embattled land restitution programme in the province.
The DA calls on the premier to suspend the MEC with immediate effect and to investigate the matter in terms of the executive members’ ethics act.
How much more should ANC politicians benefit at the cost of millions of unemployed citizens of this country?