by Andrew Louw – DA Northern Cape Provincial Leader
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Date: 21 August 2018
The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Northern Cape calls on the MEC for COGHSTA, Bentley Vass, to make haste with the release of the findings and recommendations of the section 106 investigation into the Sol Plaatje Local Municipality.
The investigation was announced a month ago, with the promise that the investigation team would finish their report within 21 days. We know that some councillors at the municipality have been questioned and that some work has been done towards the investigation; however, the delays in finalising and publishing the findings and recommendations casts a shadow of doubt over the integrity of the final report.
From the outset, it was clear that many of the aspects contained in the terms of reference have already been raised on various platforms and have fallen on deaf ears. The fresh delays further place a question mark behind the credibility and independence of the investigation.
We urge MEC Vass not to follow the example of his predecessor, Alvin Botes, who was fond of using section 106 investigations for political gain. One example is the investigation launched at the behest of the national government into the Phokwane Local Municipality in 2014, but which had not yet been released as the former MEC wished to protect his friends in this administration. Indeed, the department had only moved with speed on municipal investigations in the past when it could do so to intimidate political rivals.
Only change under a DA-led government will ensure that residents receive municipal services, irrespective of their political affiliation, and that municipalities prioritise clean, good governance.
DA Northern Cape Provincial Leader
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