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.
Mr Nhlanhla Msimango, MPL, IFP Spokesperson on Rural Development and Land Reform, 074 259 0820
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IFP KZN Provincial Legislature Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675