CAPE TOWN--The Department of Agriculture in South Africa's North West Province is coming under increasing criticism for allegedly sanctioning the donation of game species and cattle to politically connected individuals, including a herd of cattle to former president Jacob Zuma.
The donation of more than 100 million Rand (about 7.94 million US dollars) worth of game like buffalo, white rhino and sable antelope to a group of white game breeders has also been slammed and Philly Mapulane, the African national Congress (ANC) member of parliament who chairs Parliament's portfolio committee on Environmental Affairs, has called for swift action.
We think that this transaction was wrong, irregular, and reckless on the part of the officials. They must further probe into these matters because these are clear cases of corruption in the manner in which these transactions were dealt with, he said.
Meanwhile, the National Working Committee of the ANC, the ruling party, has recommended that national officials meet with North West Province Premier Supra Mahumapelo to discuss all available constructive options to resolve the on-going impasse in the province, which has been rocked by widespread, often violent, protests amidst calls for Mahumapelo to step down.
Leaders of the Revolutionary Council, which is behind the protests, met with the ANC leadership at ANC headquarters at Luthuli House in Johannesburg last week and agreed to give the governing party space to deal with their demands.
Following its ordinary meeting on Wednesday, the NWC recommended that the national officials meet with Mahumapelo to discuss all available constructive options to resolve the on-going impasse in the interest of the people of that province.
Three people have already lost their lives since the protests began two weeks ago.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK