17 July 2013
The IFP calls on President Zuma to fulfil the
promises he made during his visit to Engcobo, Eastern Cape last
year. IFP Spokesperson on Rural Development and Land Reform,
Inkosi RN Cebekhulu, MP, said, “President Zuma promised the
residents that they would benefit from the Masibambisane Rural
Development Initiative but the residents say nothing has
happened. The Ncora Irrigation Scheme has collapsed and left
many people unemployed and the dairy has been left in ruins. The
President promised that the irrigation scheme would be revived.”
President then pledged a R280 million cash injection to the
scheme and donated livestock, ploughing equipment and tractors.
These promises were not met. The people remain in poverty and
there is high rate of unemployment. Furthermore, water sprinklers and homes meant
for staff of the project are being vandalised. This is a total
waste of public funds,” said Inkosi Cebekhulu.
President Zuma and the Minister of Rural
Development and Land Reform must conduct an urgent oversight
visit to these projects and ensure that they are revived.
The IFP will submit written questions to the
President regarding the reasons for the failure of these
projects as well as the identities of the ‘development’ benefactors thereof. In addition, the IFP
calls for an investigation into the role played by Intsika Yethu
Municipality in these projects.
IFP Spokesperson on Rural
Development and Land Reform,
Inkosi RN Cebekhulu, MP,082 975
IFP Parliamentary Caucus Media Liaison
Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675