The DA has reported that Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza, is still refusing to account to Parliament on which farmers received aid from the Covid-19 fund.
The party believes that this information, which were requested almost four months ago, is of the utmost importance.
However, with this information, the DA would be able to conduct valuable oversight on whether the money reached those it intended to benefit.
“We asked it in response to an ever-increasing amount of complaints from farmers about the vouchers the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) issued,” DA told.
According to opposition, there have been numerous complaints of farmers not able to redeem vouchers because government is not settling the bills. There are complaints that the vouchers issued can only be redeemed at certain companies.
This often means that farmers don’t receive their money’s worth due to inflated prices or that these companies don’t sell what the farmers need.
“And then there are of course those people that are trying to sell their vouchers as they are not farmers and should not have received vouchers in the first place,” it said.
The Minister Didiza must stop ducking and diving and follow Parliamentary process. If she fails to provide the information, as she promised to do during an oral Parliamentary question session on 18 August 2020.
The DA will write to the Leader of Government Business in Parliament, Deputy-president David Mabuza, to intervene.