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Investigate Mahumapelo, Zuma herd of cattle gifts, says EFF

The Economic Freedom Fighters calls on the Public Protector, Advocate Busisiwe Mkwebane to investigate claims that embattled North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo gave former President Jacob Zuma a herd of cattle gifts worth R1,5 million allegedly bought with public funds.

“We have also written a letter to the Public Protector to that effect,” EFF National Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said in a statement on Sunday.

Ndlozi requested the Public Protector to investigate both Mahumapelo and Zuma.

If found guilty, said Ndlozi, they should not just pay back the money, furthermore, they should be held liable for abuse of state funds.

“It isn’t possible that Zuma can claim he was wrongly blessed with state cash without his knowledge as it was the situation with the Nkadla residence security upgrade,” said Ndlozi.

Ndlozi said this time, the Public Protector must not just recoup public funds utilised secretly to profit Zuma yet should charge relevant law enforcement agencies to prosecute Zuma and Mahumapelo for stealing state cows.

“We reiterate our call for Mahumapelo to step down as Premier of North West. He has not only failed to drive the state machinery to deliver services, he has been part of crippling corruption,” said Ndlozi.

Meanwhile, Democratic Alliance (DA) says it will send written questions to the Premier Supra Mahumapelo requesting answers about an R32 million contract that was allocated to a sole owner of a Close Corporation (CC).

McGluva said a call centre which operates from provincial legislature handles on average a paltry 32 calls per month.

“The CC is registered with a Gauteng address. It specialises in branding and marketing, yet is being paid with the people’s money to run a call centre for a local municipality,” said McGluva.

African National Congress (ANC) General Secretary Ace Magashule said issues playing out in the North West, which saw the province up in flames, rioters calling for Mahumapelo to step down, is part of the ongoing discussion at government and organisational level.

Magashule said President Cyril Ramaphosa was dealing with issues at the government level.

“A report will be released soon,” said Magashule.

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