Hard questions

2016-11-22 06:00

THE Inkatha Freedom Party in KwaZulu-Natal demands that the KZN MEC of Agriculture, Themba Mthembu, present a detailed plan on how his department will manage the seed distribution programme in view of allegations of corruption.

We are concerned because during the tenure of the former Agriculture MEC, Meshack Radebe, now the deputy speaker in the KZN Legislature, there was chaos and claims of corruption in the department. Now it is time for the MEC to tell us how he intends to rectify the situation. This is public money and the public needs to know what is going on and whether the distribution of the seeds will benefit the rightful recipients.

Our concern is also extended to the Nguni Revitalisation Programme since the MEC has stated before that he intends to give amakhosi Nguni cattle. In this particular matter we also want to know what criteria he will use so that all amakhosi will benefit and not just those who are ANC members.

We further challenge the MEC to provide us with suitable answers to how many people have benefited so far from the R10 million Juncao Mushroom and Upland Rice projects that were initiated in 2005 under the contract between the Department of Agriculture and the Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University in Fuzhou, China. When Sbu Ndebele launched these projects we were promised that satellite bases were expected to be opened in rural areas across KZN to help alleviate poverty in these areas. We have still not had any updates from the MEC of Agriculture on how many communities have benefited and how many satellite bases have been established, apart from the KwaDindi mushroom pilot project in Vulindlela.

The IFP will continue to interrogate the MEC on this matter by submitting written parliamentary questions in order to get suitable answers on what progress has been made in these projects and who, if anyone have benefited since their inception.

NHLANHLA MSIMANGO

IFP KZN spokesperson
Agriculture and
rural development

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