North West paid R4.6m instead of R43.6m for disaster relief

2013-11-09 09:16

A slip of the finger has caused a delay in drought relief payment to North West farmers.

The National Treasury this week paid R4.6 million instead of R43.6 million into the provincial treasury’s account, provincial agriculture spokesperson Bonolo Mohlakoana said.

He said the mistake would hopefully be corrected next week, Afrikaans daily Beeld reported today.

North West deputy manager Naude Pienaar told the newspaper the mistake showed that the government was not serious about helping drought-hit farmers.

“This [happened] while President Jacob Zuma yesterday promised drought relief of R100 million to Namibia,” said Pienaar.

The North West was declared a drought-stricken area in September. The province requested help of R400 million, but government only approved R43.6 million, said Mohlakoana.

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