Cattle for the poor now belong to Limpopo MEC
A herd of cattle bought with state funds for the benefit of the poor has ended up as the private property of a Limpopo politician. Official documents show that Limpopo agriculture MEC Joy Matshoge, received 51 Nguni cattle, worth about R 1 million, as an interest free “loan” from the taxpayer.
The cows are part of an R 222 million project created by the Limpopo agriculture department (of which she is the relevant MEC) to lift people out of poverty by helping them to become farmers.
Matshoge, who is also the chairwomen of the ANC Women’s’ League in Limpopo, also leases a farm in Marken, about 170km from Polokwane, from the state.
The 51 Nguni cattle found their way to the farm known as Du Toitskraal, between December 2013 and July this year. Costing about R 10 000 and R 45 000 each. They were to be loaned to poor farmers under the Industrial Development Corporation Nguni Cattle Development Trust Strategy that aimed at introducing emerging farmers into the mainstream economy.
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