The DA has suggested that Minister Didiza’s department is being used as a “lucrative piggy bank by third party organisations” who are allegedly receiving irregular grants from it.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) took to Twitter on Wednesday, 7 April 2021, to circulate a statement penned by party member, Annette Steyn. Steyn was highlighting what she believes is third party organisations’ use of the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) as a channel to allegedly illegally benefit from grant relief funds provided by the department.
The statement read, “According to the DALLRD’s annual report, a non-profit organisation called the South African Farmers Development Association (SAFDA) received R133 million in 2018/2019 and a further R25 million in 2019/2020. Of major concern is the unavailability of information on why these funds were transferred to the NPO to begin with, and how they were spent and for whose benefit.”
Steyn has further called on ALRRD Chairperson, Mandla Mandela to summon Minister Thoko Didiza and SAFDA’s Executive Secretariat to detail the extent of the relationship. Steyn suggested that there is a conflict of interest as “Petrus Mdu Shabane, the former Director-General of the then Department of Rural Development and Land Affairs, was once one of SAFDA’s board members.”
See the post below.
The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development has become a lucrative piggy bank for third party organisations that are extracting multi-million rand grants from the Department to act as its implementing agents. – @AnnetteSteyn1 https://t.co/CdXpcPtkwV
— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) April 7, 2021