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By unknown | Nov 13, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

KwaZulu-Natal Premier S'bu Ndebele's wife, Zama, has decided to rather return the 10 Nguni cows that sparked controversy after they were allocated to her farm by the provincial Department of Agriculture.

She bowed to the intense scrutiny of the "Nguni gate" saga by the media, who questioned the criteria used to select beneficiaries for a revitalisation programme by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture.

Nguni gate highlighted the fact that a number of provincial politicians, their wives and amakhosi had received up to 30 cattle each through the programme aimed at helping historically disadvantaged emerging farmers and alleviating poverty in the province.

The list of recipients released by the Department of Agriculture include IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi, former premier Lionel Mtshali and three top provincial politicians' wives - Ndebele's wife and the wives of provincial treasurer Sipho Shabalala and transport head Kwazi Mbanjwa.

Jabulani Mjwara, provincial head of department, confirmed that Ndebele's wife had decided to send back the 10 cattle because of the controversy involved.

The department of agriculture is under investigation for about R97 million in over-expenditure.


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