Johannesburg - The Inkatha Freedom Party has urged the member of the executive council for agriculture in the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government, Bongi Sithole Moloi, to eradicate corruption it said had seen more than R200 million of drought relief funds squandered, among other abuses.
In a statement the IFP applauded the allocation of R2.4 billion for the department in the provincial budget, but said it was in need of a turnaround strategy to deal decisively with graft.
The call comes against the background of a forensic investigation launched into the alleged misuse of more than R200 million of relief funds meant for subsistence farmers after the province was declared a disaster area following a crippling drought in 2015.
Farmers were supposed to use the money for water harvesting‚ the scooping of dams, rehabilitation of boreholes and provision of stock-feed. The report into the probe has not been made public.
"The IFP believes that it is high time for the MEC to be tough on corruption," the party said. "She must safeguard the public purse in the department of agriculture."