The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal has prepared written questions for the MEC of Agriculture Themba Mthembu, demanding answers regarding the R220 million that was intended to give drought-stricken communities and farmers in KwaZulu-Natal some relief. These funds have now gone missing.
It must be noted that in 2017 the IFP welcomed the announcement made by MEC Mthembu to investigate the alleged corruption in the distribution of drought relief funds that were allocated in the 2016/2017 Provincial Budget.
We demand progress on the investigation and for the findings to be made public. The looters responsible for corruption must face the consequences.
It is unacceptable that public funds that were allocated for a specific purpose did not reach the people and communities it was intended for.
Citizens deserve to know what has happened to this money and the decision to suspend the then Head of Department is not an adequate excuse to not communicate the findings.
The IFP will not tolerate an ANC government in KZN who continue to go around over promising and under delivering.
This situation has had a devastating effect on many municipalities in the province and emerging farmers to date still do not have water and other agricultural resources, they are therefore still in dire need of assistance.
An IFP government in KZN will be fully committed to rooting out corruption by ensuring that all corrupt officials are sent to prison.
Nhlanhla Msimango MPL
IFP KZN Spokesperson on Agriculture
078 302 4567