» A private NGO has been entrusted with a programme to dispense nearly R900 million
» It failed to spend the money last year and many of its farms lie fallow
» It is chaired by the president and run by his cousin Deebo Mzobe
President Jacob Zuma has coaxed government departments into committing nearly R900 million to a programme run by an NGO he chairs and which is run by his cousin.
The Masibambisane Rural Development Initiative is a private NGO chaired by Zuma and run by Deebo Mzobe.
A multimillion-rand state food security programme, set to be approved by Cabinet later this month, has in effect been subcontracted to Masibambisane, which will coordinate the campaign on behalf of government.
Asked why government needed a middleman like Masibambisane to run the food-security initiative, Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, a staunch proponent of Masibambisane, said the NGO’s purpose was to “network” and bring partners into the initiative.
She added that no government money would flow to Masibambisane.
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