|by Adv Boitumelo Babuseng MPL – DA Provincial Spokesperson for Economic Affairs|
|Date: 15 November 2017|
|Type: Press Statement|
|Following revelations made during yesterday’s presentation of the Annual Report 2016/17 of the Northern Cape Department of Economic Development & Tourism, the Democratic Allicance (DA) will engage with the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) and insist that our request for investigations into theDepartment’s affairs be met.|
We will invoke the necessary laws to ensure that SCOPA meets and scrutinises the relevant issues, because the status quo cannot continue.
Given the pungent air of mismanagement, which continues to hang around the controversial Economic Growth and Development Fund, one would think that the Department would welcome the opportunity to come clean and explain where its budget of R26 million really went.
Instead, it continues to choose concealment above accountability and clusters the financials for the EGDF with the funding allocated from the Tourism programme.
A quick overview of the Department’s bare report shows why we consider payments to some beneficiaries to be problematic, if not downright criminal and corrupt:
We have resolved to lay criminal charges against Bosco, its directors, the owners of Flamingo Race Course, the MEC of Finance, Economic Development & Tourism, the former acting head of the department, the chief financial officer, the relevant programme managers and the acting chief executive at the Northern Cape Gambling Board.
These are only the tip of a very big iceberg and it must be exposed.
The Auditor-General found that public entities were not meeting the conditions of their allocations from the department, which shows that the department could not even monitor listed entities with financial officials sufficiently. What else is happening at beneficiaries who do not have financial expertise?
The Auditor-General’s findings also include that the former acting head of department allowed for irregular expenditure to be incurred, which vindicates the DA’s position that he is not a fit and proper person for his position.
His appointment was ill-conceived and we are awaiting a report from the Public Service Commission in this regard.
The above shows how very urgent it is for SCOPA to investigate what is going wrong. We cannot leave it a day longer.
The people of the North Cape deserve a new beginning under a DA-led government. The DA will ensure that the Northern Cape is corruption-free and that the people always come first.