Anger at corruption dents faith in South African president, ANC before poll
02 May 2019

Struggling farmer Meshack Ncongwane was a life-long supporter of South Africa’s governing African National Congress, but says the party won’t get his vote in parliamentary and provincial elections next week.

Local ANC officials offered him what he thought would be a lucrative stake in a dairy farm in 2013. He was one of 80 people who were to be given an equal portion of a 50 percent share in the venture funded by the local government.

But he says the project set up to help landless black farmers fell victim to fraud, and the venture is being scrutinized by prosecutors.

Losing the support of people like Ncongwane is a worry for the ANC and President Cyril Ramaphosa, as they struggle to reverse a slide in support for the party caused in part by perceptions that more needs to be done to stamp out corruption.

Prosecutors say 220 million rand ($15 million) in public money invested in the dairy project was siphoned off, some of it into accounts linked to the Guptas, a wealthy and influential family.

By Sisipho Skweyiya, Emma Rumney and Tiisetso Motsoeneng, Reuters, 1 May 2019

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