DA calls for probe into Joemat's kickback

Its alleged Tina Joemat-Pettersson received a kickback of R18 million from a game farm sale.

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Tina Joemat-Pettersson briefs journalists in Cape Town on 18 June 2009. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Sunday called for a thorough probe after allegations Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister, Tina Joemat-Pettersson received a kickback from a game farm sale.

The Sunday Times reported Joemat-Pettersson received a cut of the R18 million deal in 2006.

The game farm was bought for disadvantaged women.

Joemat-Pettersson was a Northern-Cape MEC at the time.

It is believed the asset forfeiture and special investigating unit are reportedly investigating the case.

The DA's Pieter van Dalen said the latest allegations raise serious questions.

"Something like this cannot be swept under the carpet; it puts a question mark over the whole credibility of the minister, the department and all the people around her. How did they allow this to happen?"

The minister's office has declined to comment for now.