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Four years later, R7.6 million Grahamstown abattoir yet to slaughter its first chickens

Nov 6, 2017
Four years later, R7.6 million Grahamstown abattoir yet to slaughter its first chickens

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape on Monday said that it has written to the Eastern Cape MEC for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Mlibo Qoboshiyane, for explanation after around R7.6 million was allegedly wasted on a local abattoir project, that has since become a white elephant.

"In August 2013, the R7.6 million Lukhanyiso Poultry Co-op Abattoir was opened in the Grahamstown industrial area, to great fanfare. It was designed to process 2 000 broilers per day. To date, not a single chicken, dead or alive, has crossed its doors," said Jane Cowley, the DA's Eastern Cape Shadow MEC for Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism.

"What happened to the money?

"Today, more than four years on, the doors and gates to this facility remain firmly locked."

Cowley said that the 26 permanent jobs that were promised to the local community was simply "fowl" play.

"It never materialised and the 278 beneficiaries, including 149 women, 68 youths and six disabled people, have not benefitted in any way. Effectively this means R7.6 million of fruitless and wasteful expenditure," she added.

"The South African economy is in a dire way. It is bleeding money because of corrupt ANC officials, poor planning and an absence of implementation skills. Promises made to communities. We cannot afford this waste."

Cowley said that she has written to the MEC Qoboshiyane to request a report on why millions were spent on the construction of a building when the implementation of the project was clearly not managed.

"I will further request a report on what the directorate intends doing with the facility, which stands empty and is suffering neglect. I have also submitted legislature questions to the MEC as to the total value of the building that was erected and why the project is not in operation."