Rural Development Minister Must Be Summoned to Parliament

19 February 2014  


The IFP calls on the chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Rural Development and Land Reform in parliament to summon the minister for an explanation as to what happened to the R1.6 billion National Youth Service Corps training programme, as funds were not used for actual teaching.


IFP MP on Rural Development, Inkosi Russel Cebekhulu said “This needs to be investigated, because it shows elements of corruption. Funds which were meant for training were not utilised as allocated. Those found to be involved in this issue must be arrested and prevented from working in any government department”


The IFP stands firm that it doesn’t condone any forms of corruption.


“It has been revealed that some 14 500 young people who were part of the programme did not set foot in a classroom during the process. Instead of receiving training, others were sent to luxury resort bed and breakfast lodgings for nearly a year, without getting any training because the department failed to supply them with tools for their practical exercises” concluded Inkosi Cebekhulu


The IFP further calls on the Public Protector to urgently probe this matter.


Issued by:

IFP Spokesperson on Rural Development and Land Reform,

Inkosi Russel Cebekhulu, 082 975 5107


For Media Enquiries contact: 

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