South Africa: IFP – How Many Farms Will Be Allocated to Persons With Disabilities in KZN?

In commemorating the National Disability Rights Awareness Month in November, the IFP is seeking answers from the government – in particular the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development – on how many farms are specifically allocated to persons with disabilities, as government plans to redistribute over 500 000 hectares of land in South Africa.

The IFP commends the decision by the government to make many hectares of state land available for agricultural purposes, however, it is concerned that of the 135 117 hectares of land released to 275 farmers by the National Department of Agriculture, only one person with disabilities benefitted.

The IFP is aware that in KwaZulu-Natal, 3 684 hectares of land will be redistributed. The IFP would like to know, how many hectares of land will be made available to persons with disabilities, and from which districts will these people and farms be allocated? What plans are in place to prevent corruption in the redistribution process? Everything must be transparent. The IFP believes that persons with disabilities must be given land, empowered and become commercial farmers. They must fully participate in agriculture and contribute to the economy.

Further, the IFP calls upon the KZN MEC for Agriculture, Bongi Sithole-Moloi, to tell the public how many farms are currently owned by persons with disabilities? What plans are in place to ensure that persons with disabilities benefit from land distribution so as to potentially become commercial farmers?

The IFP calls for a reliable survey of all citizens with disabilities, so as to enable the Department of Agriculture to provide an efficient service to these South Africans.