By Jacques Smalle DA Limpopo Leader, DA Spokesperson for Agriculture:
The DA will today lay charges with the Public Protector against MEC of Agriculture Joy Matshoge who received cattle worth about R1 million from the Industrial Development Corporation Nguni Cattle Trust Strategy. Moreover, the farm on which the cattle now graze, Du Toitskraal, is also leased by the MEC from the department of Rural Development and Land Reform.
These projects are aimed at upliftment of emerging farmers and MEC Matshoge brazenly insists that she applied before she became the MEC and did so as any other previously disadvantaged person.
MEC Mathsoge is constitutionally mandated to high standards of professional ethics in her position. Not only did the MEC abuse her position for self-enrichment, she created a conflict of interest between her office and her private interest thereby severely compromising the integrity of government.
The DA believes that development projects like these should only benefit the disadvantaged poor and not the political elite.
The DA will also request the speaker of Limpopo Legislature to verify the MEC’s disclosure in the asset register.