- A new report from the Special Investigative Unit alleges that several government officials have been involved in a huge fraud network involving land reform
- The report says the corruption amounts to hundreds of millions of rands
- The damning report casts doubt on the government's land expropriation proposals
A bombshell new report has accused the government of being involved in a massive land reform fraud scandal.
The report, released by the Special Investigative Unit, implicates at least 42 individuals, including multiple government officials.
It alleges that millions of rands of unlawful payments were in made exchange for farms that did not meet the appropriate requirements for grants.
148 land reform initiatives have been implicated in the shady dealings. The scams reportedly began in 2011 and continued for six years. In some cases, the payouts for land were given to be people who had no legal right to the money.
The revelations cast doubt on the credibility and feasibility of the ANC's proposed policy of land expropriation without compensation. The proposal, which was already controversial, is currently open to review by citizens and is expected to be finalised after the upcoming eletions.
The National Prosecuting Authority has said that investigations into the land reform heists are ongoing, but so far the state has seized 24 farms that have been linked to the scandal. The farms have a total value of over R400 million.
The SUI report also reveals that Ramaphosa has known about the scandal since at least March 2018.
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