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“Mahumapelo did not abuse public funds to pay for Zuma's cattle” Mkhwebane

Source: EWN

Public protectors have resigned from former Northwest Prime Minister Supra Mahmapero for violating the executive ethical code for handing over a herd of Bonds Mara cattle worth R11.5 million to former President Jacob Zuma.

Mkhwebane was investigating a complaint by former Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MP Godrich Gardee in 2018 after The Sunday Times reported that cattle were targeted at aspiring farmers. Mahmapero is said to have donated to Zuma through public funds. 

Public guardian Busisiwe Mkhwebane said Jacob Zuma received the cows, but found no evidence that Mahmapero abused public funds to pay the cows. 

"We have determined that the allegations that the former Prime Minister violated the Executive Branch Code of Ethics by participating in the supply of Bonsmala beef to the former President were unfounded," Mukwebane said. 

Mkhwebane said Zuma received cows from Agridelight Training and Consulting, as confirmed by Managing Director Bolokang Derrick Montshwe. Mkhwebane claims that Montshwe personally donated cows, but said they used the company's bank account. 

"Under the direction of Mr. Monshwe, issues related to the flow of funds from Agridrite have attracted the attention of law enforcement agencies," official guardians said. Mkhwebane has discovered that Zuma's Bonsmala cattle are not being funded by government funds.

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