President Jacob Zuma has, in terms of the Special Investigating Unit and Special Tribunals Act, 1996, (Act No. 74 of 1996), signed a Proclamation authorising the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to investigate certain matters relating to the affairs of the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (the Department).
The Proclamation authorises the SIU to investigate, amongst others, the following allegations:
(a) The acquisition by the Department of certain farms and the identification, selection and appointment of the strategic partners and beneficiaries for such farms in a manner that was not fair, transparent, equitable and contrary to applicable legislation.
(b) Misappropriation of recapitalisation funds in terms of the Department’s Recapitalisation and Development Programme in relation to the allegations mentioned above.
(c) Any improper or unlawful conduct by the officials of the Department or any other person or entity in relation the allegations mentioned above.
Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa