Parties say KDF stole grant aid

2016-12-15 06:01
The DA, Cope, EFF, Azapo, Agang and UDM met in Makhaza on Saturday. Photo by Lindile Mbontsi

The DA, Cope, EFF, Azapo, Agang and UDM met in Makhaza on Saturday. Photo by Lindile Mbontsi

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Unhappy members of various political parties met in Desmond Tutu Hall in Makhaza, Khayelitsha on Saturday.

They announced their withdrawal from the Khayelitsha Development Forum.

The forum works to mediate between political parties and residents to bring development to Khayelitsha. Alleged corruption is at the centre of the breakaway. Forum leaders are accused of stealing money that was meant for developing the area. Recently, part of a grant of more than R500 000 allegedly went missing.

In 2013 the forum attended a two-day seminar with the Mitchells Plain Education Forum, NGOs and government departments, where a food security garden was launched.

The garden was supposed to benefit more than 200 households in Khayelitsha. The KDF received R559 770 from the National Development Agency in 2014 but R393 152 was not spent on the garden, according to the parties that met on Saturday. Forum chairman Ndithini Tyhido said: “Those who want to withdraw can do so. We won’t be affected.” He neither denied nor admitted the allegations that corruption took place.

“Why would someone run away when there is corruption? They should fight it,” he added.

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