We are coming to
Limpopo. We have identified 147 parcels of land for Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development. We are in the
process of assessing them now before we release them to the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development. We are busy with the physical verification of our 102 pieces of land for land restitution. It's an indictment that people who have applied in 1998 are still waiting for land restitution. I want to challenge all spheres of government that we all work together. Provinces own land and municipalities own land, let us put that together and then we can really speed up land reform.
I want to speak about the contribution of the Department of Public Works to fight gender-based violence - the scourge in our country. We have already released 12 unused government houses to safely house the victims of gender- based violence. [Applause.] Our sisters and our mothers stay in the abusive relationships because they have no where to go. Again, we are busy assessing all the provinces. The idea is to give it to the provincial Social Development Ministers because we will maintain and repair that building, but they must take charge of the programmes inside the building, like we did in the Western Cape last week.
The big, big leakages in out government must be stopped. Irregular expenditure, wasteful expenditure and unauthorised expenditure is running into billions because of corruption. Corruption steals from
the poor. I am very happy with the new Public Audit Amendment Act. I am happy because the Auditor-General now will issue debt certificates to all who are responsible for irregular expenditure and they will be responsible to recover our money. Thank God! Thank you. [Applause.]