EFF members take interest in Zuma’s ‘end hunger’ gig

2013-10-24 16:38

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Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters in signature red berets were among those who attended an event where impoverished residents of a community outside Kuruman, Northern Cape received chickens, heifers, cows and vegetable-garden kits from President Jacob Zuma.

Yellow T-shirts resembling ANC T-shirts with Zuma’s face on them, as well as the words “Fetsa Tlala” (“End Hunger”, the name of government’s new food-security campaign), and bearing a logo of 20 years of democracy, were handed out at the event.

Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, who was the only member of Cabinet to flank Zuma, unlike at previous food-security projects where several ministers were present, wore the T-shirt beneath green departmental overalls bearing the name of the campaign.

After taking a ceremonial plough on a tractor and handing over the livestock, Zuma told residents government would announce drought relief for the area soon. It hasn’t had rain for two years.

He also said the Manyeding cooperative, which will be planting vegetables for commercial sale, was an example of how government wanted to operate.

“Government has a thing of working with the people. Fortunately there was already a cooperative here,” he said.

One of the cows gave birth in the six hours the project managers waited for Zuma, and the hens lay several eggs.

Zuma sped off soon after doing the handovers to address another community about 30 kilometres from the agriculture project.

There was no sign of the food-security project, Masibambisane, which Zuma heads with his cousin Deebo Mzobe.

City Press reported this month that Masibambisane was canned.

Read: Zuma’s NGO canned

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