No state funds utilised for payment, delivery of cattle to Zuma: Mkhwebane

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Public Protector Busi Mkhwebane has sought to explain why she will not pursue the matter against former North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo in relation to his alleged facilitation of the delivery of cattle to former President Jacob Zuma‘s home at Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal.

Former Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) secretary-general Godrich Gardee lodged the complaint in April 2018.

The complaint was based on a newspaper article that detailed that Mahumapelo delivered the herd of cattle costing R1.5 million, meant for emerging farmers to Zuma as a gift.

Mkhwebane says the state did not pay for the donation and delivery of the cattle.

“No state funds were utilised for the payment and delivery of cattle to the former President. There is also no evidence to indicate that the former Premier abused the public trust and the fiscus for his private benefit, thereby violating clauses 2.1 and 2.3 of the Executive Ethics Code. In light of the afore-going, we have therefore decided not to pursue the matter any further and thus finalise it by means of a closing report,” adds Mkhwebane.

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