Minister díd budget for Zumaville

2012-08-26 19:45

Johannesburg - Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson’s department was planning to spend R800m on President Jacob Zuma’s ­“Zumaville” project as recently as last month.

Until now the department has vehemently denied budgeting or paying for the project, but a government document in the possession of City Press indicates otherwise.

Titled “Masibambisane: A presidentially led public private partnership agriculture and rural development initiative” and dated July 2012, the draft funding model for “Zumaville” has a telling graphic that shows a circle with R808.5m in the middle and smaller circles flowing from it.

Different amounts make up the R808.5m, suggesting that the funding would have been sourced from various funders.

The concept document cites the Independent Development Trust (IDT), Walmart Massmart and Agri Mega as Masibambisane’s private partners.

Offset agreements

But a senior source in the department said the private partners had only made offset agreements for the project and would not contribute cash themselves.

“It is the department that will fund this project,” the source said.

Last week government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi asked journalists to stop asking questions about individual government departments’ contributions to the Nkandla Development Project – “Zumaville’s” official name – and wait for annual reports to be released in September.

The draft document names Joemat-Pettersson as the liaison member for the Masibambisane project between the president and the agriculture department.

She is under fire as she awaits the release of a damning report by the Public Protector on her accommodation expenditure.

The minister’s critics accuse her of using Masibambisane to ingratiate herself with Zuma, who chairs the project. The deputy chairperson is Deebo Mzobe, a KwaZulu-Natal businessman and a member of Zuma’s family.


After being provided with a copy of the document, Joemat-Pettersson’s spokesperson, Palesa Mokomele, told City Press: “We have not spent any money on Masibambisane. There is no budget for Masibambisane. The sources who keep feeding you this information are being malicious.”

Masibambisane started out in Zuma’s hometown of Nkandla, but soon expanded to other provinces, with Zuma and Joemat-Pettersson arriving in villages every month dressed in overalls to hand out tractors and livestock.

“There have been about five events since the launch. And there has been a concentration in the Eastern Cape’s OR Tambo region. Why do you think?” a senior source in the department said.

Leadership positions in the ANC’s OR Tambo region have been closely contested between supporters of Zuma and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

The document states that the agriculture department and the department of rural development will “work hand in hand in budgeting for projects for implementation through Masibambisane”.

The document says provincial agriculture departments will jointly budget with the national department for projects delivered through Masibambisane.

The concept document assigns the presidency “a keynote role during the ceremonial handing over of projects and resources to communities in support of rural development and food security”.

Sources in the department have repeatedly told the media that R800m had been allocated for the project, despite the department’s denials.

Mzobe denied that Masibambisane had received R800m from agriculture.


And Mokomele said the document was a draft and not endorsed by the department. “Please ask your source who verified its contents,” she said.

Sources in agriculture have told City Press that funding for another departmental project, Zero Hunger, was being diverted to Masibambisane.

It was announced in July the department would spend R800m through Zero Hunger to buy agricultural tools in the Eastern Cape.

“It was Zero Hunger and then it become Masibambisane,” a department insider said.

Masibambisane is cited as the main reason former agriculture director-general Langa Zita was suspended, because he bumped heads with Joemat-Pettersson.

Zita did not respond to requests for comment.

  • pieter.vandalen.1 - 2012-08-26 12:54

    This is now becoming a trademark of Tina Joemat-Pettersson and the Department of Agriculture Forestry and fisheries. You can lie to some people some of the time but you cannot lie to all the people all the time. You are bound to be caught out. This is strike 3. Is she really that stupid that she thinks she will get away with it.

      bryan.culross - 2012-08-26 20:18

      But lying is not seen as a fault in the ANC but rather as a virtue!

      colin.dovey - 2012-08-26 20:27

      Do those those bloated cheeks tell us a story?

      godfrey.welman - 2012-08-26 20:32

      And still she does not resign nor has the anc taken steps against her, Africa democracy at its best.

      Squeegee - 2012-08-26 20:40

      Interesting - wonder if Walmart had to buy their way into SA through Zumaville?

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-08-26 21:54

      Pieter you should write a song: You can fool some of the sometimes, but not all the people all the time. Oops Bob Marley already did. What about: "I shot the Minister or Agriculture, but I did not shoot her deputy"?

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-27 03:47

      Very accurate illustration by Zaphiro here:

      paul.duplessis - 2012-08-27 07:22

      She is not as stupid as she is arrogant

      max.reynecke - 2012-08-27 07:25

      This Joemat-Petterson poppie proofs that some of our coloured population was born to be farmworkers...she is a disgrace to our coloured population in South Africa.

      alan.jerrold - 2012-08-27 07:56

      Lies, lies, lies and Joemat-Pettersson - they go together like a horse and cart.....Truly, it's time to kick out these lying thieves who pose as a 'government.' They are just a bunch of crooks using our hard-earned taxpayers' money to boost their own power and enrich themselves. Time for change.

      UNITY - 2012-08-27 08:48

      800Million... Please set up soup kitchens to feed the poor, replace shacks with low cost stable structures, water and sanitation, allocate money to drug and rehab programmes, invest in safety and security to combat drug dealing and alcohol abuse, which is killing youth in CT and the country, which leads to violent crime, and an increase in the death of innocent people. I'd rather see the money get used up in this manner every year then on stupid thinking!

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-27 11:37

      Pieter.vandalen.1, she is getting away with it.

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-08-26 20:01

    R 805 million???? Trust me, that's only the starting point. I am convinced that the final figure will be at least 4 times higher!! All paid for with tax money meant for the poor. Shame on you ANC, and double shame on you Jacob. You are not worthy to be a president. It is a true pity that your heart is not nearly as big as your ego.

      ian.flack2 - 2012-08-26 20:12

      10x if you factor in corruption........

      alf.pop - 2012-08-26 20:12

      Shame on Zuma? - He doesn't know the meaning of the word!As for Doormat Peterson, she is as thick as coagulated pigsh.t! Mix it with arrogance and you have the ideal candidate for a royal stuff-up a la ANC!

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-08-26 20:02

    Time for an audit af Zumaville and BEE contractors!

      godfrey.welman - 2012-08-26 20:37

      Was this the "project" that got Walmart Massmart in SA???

  • renny.meere - 2012-08-26 20:10

    Aaargh Zuma, what are you doing man. You are using our money to fund your retirement village. How we gonna fix SA now?

      sheik.mohammad.378 - 2012-08-26 21:55

      He is not going to be around for long,then the project falls flat. The month of the long knives is only four months away.

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-08-26 20:19

    And corruption toyi-toyis happily along. Trade mark On the Always National Corruption.

  • hendrikvs - 2012-08-26 20:37

    Skelm donners!

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-08-26 21:11

    She thinks she is protected by the angelic cloud of the ANC over her, Nothing and no-one can touch her. Well she has another thought coming. Teaming up with Zuma will see that she is out of her job sooner then she expects. Stealing our taxpayers money for this village is a crime against all South Africans.

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-08-26 21:13

    Who really are these people in government?

  • julian.booyens - 2012-08-26 21:22

    wallmart and massmart merger? me thinks corruption is rearing its ugly head again

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-08-26 21:26

    Rather Zumaville than some Malemaville. BIG trouble coming.

      sheik.mohammad.378 - 2012-08-26 21:58

      Both won't happen

  • aiazmir - 2012-08-26 21:46

    What astounds me is that we hear of corruption and corrupt activities by government officials almost on a daily basis. Is the population of South Africa being desensitised to corruption, like we have been de-sensitised to crime, especially rape and child abuse? Is the ANC leading us down a garden path that will make us slaves to their corrupt ideas like we are slaves to crime. One only has to look at the proliferation of security companies, the high walls around homes with electric fencing and people's acceptance as crime as a way of life (introduced by the Nationalist Party who de-sensitised us to crime blaming the Swart Gevaar). We support it by giving into the notion that it is acceptable and by allowing it to happen with impunity.

  • Warren Wepener - 2012-08-26 21:53

    If there are any honest people in government please stand up.......if anyone wants to know what South Africa will look like in 10 years please go to Umthata

      Chris - 2012-08-27 06:50

      try zimbabwe, a live case model

      Blixum - 2012-08-27 10:01

      Ha Good one Warren. Somebody said the same thing in 1982 and in 1992 and in 2002 etc etc.

  • KCorsar - 2012-08-26 21:54

    Yeah and now we know how Walmart got past the Competition Board and the Unions...................they paid their way through the loopholes and we call our Government corrupt, some international investors are also morally corrupt and fuel the process relentlessly..............

      alan.jerrold - 2012-08-27 07:59

      However, we do need international investment in SA; it expands our economy. And we desperately need that with our pathetic 2.5% growth rate.

  • Ditantane - 2012-08-26 23:24

    the next president after Zuma will spent his/her term trying to fix Zuma's mess.

      mariette.brand - 2012-09-13 21:23

      You hope so...

  • caine.abel.75 - 2012-08-26 23:37

    Please the king and you will be rewarded

  • fanie.brink.5 - 2012-08-27 00:33

    What the hell does it has to do with the minister of Agriculture??? Now wonder her department and the development of black farmers are falling apart!!! Useless!!!

  • jansteyn4 - 2012-08-27 01:31

    R800mil is exactly what it cost per year to run the fisheries research and patrol vessels. Is this why the contract to run these vessels were abruptly cancelled and the same vessels have been lying idle in Simonstown harbour for almost 6 months? Wake up South Africa. Zuma and his inept gang of thieves is busy ruining the country. Makes me sick.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-27 11:41

      janfun, we have woken up long ago. What can we do, start a revolution?. I have some experience.

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-08-27 04:59

    And she wears FUR, where are the conservationists

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-27 11:42

      faizieishla, shabalala. The fur is as false as she is.

  • George - 2012-08-27 05:00

    Will she be willing to do his time when EVENTUALLY he is found guilty of corruption?....

  • brionyl.french - 2012-08-27 05:53

    Lets get these swindlers out of oour government.

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-08-27 06:22

    deny, deny, deny. la la la

  • marthinus.stander.3 - 2012-08-27 06:45

    Haha-Is this where JZ id going to keep all his wives and children? Creating his own province!!!!Idiot, and he didnt approve or know anything? And showering cures HIV!!Wow he is an intelectual dwarf!!!

  • phila.kunene.355 - 2012-08-27 07:08

    Very good projects. This is just the beginning and the ANC must continue developing rural areas whether it is Nkandla or Matiwaneskop. Is Zuma supposed to start developing Swalala Village in Mpumalanga? Start with your own iNkandla Zuma and the rest will follow and make sure you erect more toll gates in so called rich suburbs. Please do not forget to go ahead with paid parking in these areas too.

      jacques.vermaak.50 - 2012-08-27 07:44

      @phila.kunene.355 ha ha do you know that YOUR brothers stay in these so called rich suburbs and not only whites?

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-27 11:44

      Phila.kunene.355, don't worry, if it is up to the likes of you the Zumavilles will grow like mushrooms. The question is what will it bring you?.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-27 07:20

    Its time south africans took our country back from these lying coniving buggers. They have absolutely no shame and are so scared that they may lose their job that they stick together like super glue. I would like to see the real ANC stand up for the values they fought for, but I dont believe there are any of them left, all turned into coniving hot head who only thought is to enrich themselves through corruption so they have tainted their organization and have to cover each others backs. The ship is will go down on all of them, its just a matter to time.

  • stephen.king.900 - 2012-08-27 07:31

    Is 800 million being spent on building that fat prick a compound or is the bulk of it going to be used to upgrade the lives of the surrounding community i wonder

  • stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-08-27 08:29

    I think she is Casper De Vries in disguise... ahahahaha... First of all I don't get why they are building Zumaville with all of this money while there are kids starving on the street, using dumpster's as their cribs... The people in the government doesn't know anything about priorities... Like spending millions on changing street names because its our "heritage"... hahahaha!! whatever!! what nation says that changing a street name is heritage before saving children.. oh wait.. only South Africa... that's right, lets build this dude that doesn't have high-school and 7 thousand wives that were all paying for... lets just keep on wasting money all the time constantly... While your at it Tina Joemat, why don't you just buy yourself a punch to the face...

  • gideon.rossouw - 2012-08-27 08:51

    Walmart is under investigation for corruption in Mexico and some other jurisdictions. So it is interesting to see that name come up in this story.

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-08-27 08:52

    Has this minister performed her duties to the benefit of the country? I think not! Handed over the fisheries protection vessel to the Navy and since that time vessel has not left harbour. Spent huge amounts of taxpayer money on her luxury lifestyle staying at expensive hotels and guest lodges and claiming she was not aware of the cost. Now this, how stupid does she think we are? She is not fit to serve as a minister but as a female and a buddy Zuma will not fire her.

  • luke.dekoker - 2012-08-27 09:02

    Joemat-Pettersson is either zooming in on zoomer-wife-to-be or making sure she gets something out of the deal to pay for her "Zero Hunger" accommodation expenditure when the damning report by the Public Protector is released.

  • Michael - 2012-08-27 09:07

    Our government is just a bunch of thieves. Plain and simple. Worse than the scum who smash car windows, at least some of them can claim poverty. Members of government and their pals live the high life, constantly on the lookout for more ways to steal from the poor and/or hardworking citizenry. It makes me want to puke.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-27 09:22

    Zuma has got this 2 billion rand on his mind, 1st he wanted to spend it on a jet, now its the great zumaville. Why cant they take this money divide amongst the provinces so that the money can be used to upgrade of provide essential services to those areas that have none. Why spend all that money in 1 area, zuma has already spent enough money on upgrading his little nkandla. What is wrong with this government that they waste taxpayers money on stupid things instead of spending money in the right areas. Intelligent people would know how and where to spend money, these ministers are clueless. Maybe they are all intending to move into the great zumaville themselves. Maybe should should let them and build a high wall around this city so that once in there they never get out. This will be a true zumaville and they can all live and lie to each other all day long.

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-08-27 09:38

    This minister was unknown all along (until the accomodation saga), one cannot stop feeling that she also wanted a piece of fame, unfortunately for all the wrong reasons but one should not wonder much after all she is a politician and arent they all like that............*just thinking out loud*

  • marlene.eckard - 2012-08-27 09:41

    It smells like vote buying !

  • Blixum - 2012-08-27 09:59

    Did we also pay for the Botoxification of her lips?

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-27 11:36

    Is there still anyone around who can follow this government and it's trolls?. Joemat Petterson just another Zuma groupie with a beautiful apartment in Sweden.

  • mathivha.obert - 2012-10-09 17:20

    We must be braving for a more dedicated looting by Zuma in the next coming years if he is not stopped right now - the man lacks work ethics to know what is acceptable or not, after all "it is cold outside ANC", and the "majority has more rights than minority" - this are some of the remarks from the man I call President - its very sad

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