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Black farmers allege govt officials demand R250K bribe for one to keep farming

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Early this month, Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Thoko Didiza announced government would release 896 farms measuring 700,000 hectares of underutilised or vacant state land.


30 Oct 2020
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Black farmers allege govt officials demand R250K bribe for one to keep farming

The release of state-owned farms as part of the land reform programme has been rocked by allegations of bribery, harassment and intimidation, with a black farmer claiming officials demanded a R250,000 bribe for them to keep farming and receiving state aid. Early this month, Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Thoko Didiza announced government would release 896 farms measuring 700,000 hectares of underutilised or vacant state land. The Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Freedom Front Plus (FF+) in Mpumalanga have raised concerns that established farmers running successful operations on state land have received notices that their farms were...

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