Gugile Nkwinti. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
Gugile Nkwinti. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

It was pathetic hearing Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti speak during the debate on the state of the nation address about how the decision to abandon the willing-buyer, willing-seller approach to land reform apparently saved R50m during 2016.

This came just three days after an article in a Sunday paper fingered him for abusing his position to practically give away a thriving Limpopo farm valued at R97m to one of his officials, bypassing all normal channels.

The auditor-general announced recently that last year, government expenditure of R42bn could not be accounted for. If you do the maths, that’s R115m per day disappearing into thin air — or should I say into the pockets of the selected and well-connected few who run this country.

J M Bouvier

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