President Zuma Must Adhere to the Promises He Made
During His Visit to Engcobo

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.”


“The 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.



Issued by:

IFP Spokesperson on Rural Development and Land Reform,

Inkosi RN Cebekhulu, MP,082 975 5107


or contact 

IFP Parliamentary Caucus Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675