Cattle for the poor now belong to Limpopo MEC

2015-11-03 09:11


A herd of cattle bought with state funds for the benefit of the poor has ended up as the private property of a Limpopo politician.

Official documents show that Limpopo agriculture MEC Joy Matshoge, received 51 Nguni cattle, worth about R 1 million, as an interest free “loan” from the taxpayer.

The cows are part of an R 222 million project created by the Limpopo agriculture department (of which she is the relevant MEC) to lift people out of poverty by helping them to become farmers.

Matshoge, who is also the chairwomen of the ANC Women’s’ League in Limpopo, also leases a farm in Marken, about 170km from Polokwane, from the state.

The 51 Nguni cattle found their way to the farm known as Du Toitskraal, between December 2013 and July this year. Costing about R 10 000 and R 45 000 each. They were to be loaned to poor farmers under the Industrial Development Corporation Nguni Cattle Development Trust Strategy that aimed at introducing emerging farmers into the mainstream economy.

Records show that Matshoge applied for the cattle in 2013, when she was interim provincial ANC secretary. According to a contract signed between the IDC Nguni Cattle Development Trust Strategy and Matshoge’s Dikgale Farming, dated December 4, 2013, she received the last 36 cattle on July 24 last year, two months after becoming the MEC for agriculture.

Matshoge confirms that she had benefitted from the program, but denied that she abused her powers in any way to get the cattle, claiming that she got the cattle fairly, like any other previously disadvantaged person.

(As ANC secretary can one really say that she is a disadvantaged person?)

Lesego Mosito, who now manages the farm for Matshoge confirmed that the cattle were indeed received – and also confirming that Matshoge is indeed his sister.

Apparently Matshoge used Mosito as a front to get the cattle, and now Matshoge says that she sees no reasons why her brother should be prevented from taking advantage of economic opportunities on the basis of their relationship.

The cattle are on the farm leased by Matshoge, and Lesego Mosito only manages the farm on her behalf, therefore not him not being the beneficiary of the IDC Trust Strategy.

Matshoge conceded that she was leasing the Du Toitskraal farm from the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, but insists that she applied for it while being secretary to the ANC and not as the MEC.

One need to wonder how a ‘mean test was conducted to ensure that she qualifies to lease the farm’ on her income as Secretary to the ANC?

How this kind of situation could have been allowed to happen within her own department is not only unethical, inappropriate, irregular and deceitful, and then wonder if she ever declared the cattle as is required from her within the provincial legislature as a rule of conduct of serving MEC’s.

That she has unduly benefitted in this process is as clear as daylight, and for her to claim that she never abused her powers in leasing the farm and or acquiring the cattle is not only presumptuous (arrogant, conceited, audacious, and insolent) but requires urgent investigation into the matter of unduly benefitting from state resources.

Yet again another clear example of how members of the ANC are exploiting the system for their own personal gain and advantage, having absolutely no shame on how it has been abused it.

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