Arrested Chairperson of Nkunzana Community Trust Must Tell All

 24 October 2014.

The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal calls on the justice system to encourage Themba Xulu, the Chairperson of Nkunzana Property Trust in Ophongolo, Northern KwaZulu-Natal, who was arrested for corrupt land reform deals, to become a state witness. 

"Mr Xulu can tell us who the officials from the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform are that are also involved in this corruption. The state must ensure that he tells the truth about the awarding of farms to some people and those involved must face the justice system," said IFP Spokesperson on Rural Development and Land Reform, Mr Nhlanhla Msimango, MPL. 

"We simply cannot allow the haemorrhaging of state resources and pocket lining by dishonest officials at the expense of agricultural empowerment and growth. We will also request the MEC of Rural Development, Cyril Xaba and his national counterpart Minister Gugile Nkwinti, to ensure that their Departments investigate all state-owned farms and brief the Portfolio Committee of Rural Development and Land Reform on remedial steps," continued Mr Msimango. 

"We will continue to drive the matter within parliamentary structures and ask further questions to determine how much money the government has spent on the management of other state run farms," Mr Msimango said. 

“If our citizens are to benefit from the land reform process, then corruption must be rooted out from the system, as this continues to rob thousands of potential beneficiaries in a manner similar to that of the consequences of the Land Act of 1913,” concluded Mr Msimango.

  

Issued by:
Mr Nhlanhla Msimango, MPL, IFP Spokesperson on Rural Development and Land Reform, 074 259 0820

For Media Enquiries:
IFP KZN Provincial Legislature Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675