by Andrew Louw – DA Northern Cape Premier Candidate
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Date: 30 October 2018
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The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Northern Cape is calling on COGHSTA MEC, Bentley Vass, to ensure that the damning Section 106 report into maladministration on Sol Plaatje municipality is urgently made public without delay.
Councillors are yet to receive the Section 106 report. This is despite the closed council meeting held on Thursday last week by councillors to discuss the report.
The DA finds it unacceptable that the report continues to be shrouded in secrecy. The content of the report has been the cause of public unrest and speaks to deep-seated corruption within the municipality.
The little that we know about the report, paints a picture gross maladministration and abuse of funds intended to maintain and improve upon service delivery for all residents of Kimberley.
The report highlights a dire lack of oversight by former Municipal Manager, Goolam Akharwaray. It also implicates former Chief Financial Officer, Lydia Mahloko, in unethical practices and raises questions about the actions of acting MM, Ruth Sebolecwe. It further goes as far as to allude to state capture by former Mayor Mangaliso Matika and Mahloko, who are believed to have instilled fear into senior personnel, whom they dished out orders to.
The report confirms that state funded housing and furniture was procured for former Mayor Mangaliso Matika, which we know was never approved by council and is contrary to regulations.
The report also confirms irregularities in the procurement of Matika’s controversial Q7, which went out on tender three times until it could be awarded to a specific firm in the Free State. This Bloemfontein company was the sole service provider mandated to handle the municipality’s fleet capital project, to the value of R5,7 million, for the whole of last year.
This is just the tip of the iceberg.
Councillors and the public at large deserve to be presented with the bigger picture. We are tired of allegations and accusations. The facts must be laid out on the table so that the controversies for which there is evidence, can be proved and so that disciplinary or criminal action can ultimately be taken.
The Section 106 report demands consequence management and the DA will not rest until those who have misused and abused municipal funds are held accountable.
The DA will request the immediate release of the Section 106 report at tomorrow’s long overdue council meeting that has been scheduled to discuss the recovery plan.
Only change under a DA-led government will ensure that the people’s money is managed transparently and with integrity, to ensure that they benefit the people and not the pockets and lifestyles of the politically connected.
DA Northern Cape Premier Candidate
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Shelley De Witt
082 847 1387