by Cllr Philip Vorster – DA Caucus Leader Sol Plaatje Municipality
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Date: 25 July 2018
The DA is to probe all expenditure on the Nelson Mandela Monument Precinct project, after allegations that the Mandela Monument in Galeshewe, which is made up of little more than three poles and a head-and-shoulders cut out of the former President, cost government millions of rands.
Recent reports claims that the “statue”, that clearly shouldn’t have cost more than a few thousands rand, cost R10 million.
While the DA cannot confirm the costs of the statue, we are aware that Sol Plaatje Municipality initially set aside an amount of R10 million for the project, which was to be seen as Mayor Mangaliso Matika’s legacy project.
To date, the expenditure remains questionable and we are concerned about how the money has been allocated, as not much seems to have been developed by way of the project.
During the next Finance Committee meeting, I will request a complete financial breakdown of expenditure of all money allocated to the project since its inception.
While the DA had initially hoped that we would not have to place the Nelson Mandela Monument Precinct project under scrutiny, out of respect to our former President, we would be doing him a dishonor to turn a blind eye to allegations of financial mismanagement related to the project.
Matika may leave behind a legacy of corruption, but the DA will not allow corruption to betray the legacy of Mandela.
Corruption in municipalities is a key factor contributing to poor service delivery and the unemployment rate.
Only change under a DA-led government, that has a zero-tolerance approach towards corruption, will ensure that our municipalities stop being treated as cash cows for ANC cadres and instead start serving our communities.
Cllr Philip Vorster
DA Caucus Leader Sol Plaatje Municipality
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Shelley De Witt
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