THE Democratic Alliance in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature has written to the Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, requesting a comprehensive probe following a claim within a media report that former Minority Front leader, the Late Amichand Rajbansi, attempted to hide various assets, including several service stations.

The DA views the allegations within the article as serious. Should they prove founded, they point to a severe breach of ethics in terms of the declaration of members interests within parliament. We believe that it is in the public’s best interest that the Public Protector investigates the following;

– In terms of the Declaration of Members Interests, Members of Parliament and the Provincial Legislatures are compelled to disclose their interests, either in the Public or Private portion of the Declaration. The question posed is – did the Late Mr Rajbansi disclose all his assets, including his interests in the service stations named in the Sunday Tribune article dated 18 March 2012?

– It is alleged that the Late Mr Rajbansi owned or had an interest in the following companies; Manog Investments, Gahana Enterprise, Snapshot 1359 Investments, and Phoenix North Properties, which had service stations registered under their names. (The sites are at the corner of Eastbury Drive and Phoenix Highway, Hannaford Drive and Phoenix Highway, Brookdale Drive and Northern Drive, and Northern Drive and Phoenix Highway, Industrial Park Service Station. Also included is a property at Chatsglen Railway Station, to be developed by Shell for one of his daughters. The DA wants to know whether the above were disclosed by the Late Mr Rajbansi.

– How were the above-mentioned sites obtained by these companies? How did the Late Mr Rajbansi obtain an interest? The paper trail needs to be investigated i.e. from the City Council to the Companies or the Late Mr. Rajbansi?

– Did the Late Mr Rajbansi own the properties through the companies mentioned above? Was this disclosed?

– Did any of these sites form part of the Displaced Traders programme, where Traders and Business Owners affected by the Group Areas Act and the Inanda unrest were awarded sites to compensate them for their losses? (This was done during the erstwhile House of Delegates era). Was the Late MrRajbansi a Displaced Trader?

– Were these sites allocated to any of the Displaced Traders? What role did the Late Mr Rajbansi play in the allocations? Who were the beneficiaries? How did these sites change ownership? What was the cost of any Purchase and Sale agreement entered to by the Original beneficiaries and the companies, and the Late Mr. A. Rajbansi?

– Has there been any fraud and corruption uncovered within the companies mentioned, or by the Late Mr Rajbansi?

The DA in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature is committed to transparency within provincial government structures. We will continue to highlight this and other contentious issues until we have answers to our questions.

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