SIZWE MCHUNU, MPP LEADER OF THE DA IN THE KZN LEGISLATURE / DA KZN SPOKESPERSON ON COMMUNITY SAFETY AND LIAISON
THE Democratic Alliance will this week submit written parliamentary questions to KZN Community Safety and Liaison MEC, Willies Mchunu, aimed at establishing the reasons for the department’s failure to disclose a report into KZN police efficiency, effectiveness and service delivery, commissioned by the provincial legislature seven years ago. The commission, chaired by advocate Stix Mladla was expected to focus on Pietermaritzburg, Esikhawini, KwaDabeka, Ladysmith, Mpumalanga (Hammarsdale) Nongoma, Phoenix, KwaDukuza, uLundi, uMbumbulu and uMlazi. Despite R10 million in taxpayers’ money having been spent, the report has never been tabled in the legislature amid claims that it has never been written.
In 2009, the DA attempted to gain answers about the whereabouts of the document and was advised by MEC Mchunu that, despite repeated requests, Justice Mladla, had failed to submit a final report.
Clearly Mladla has reneged on his commitment, despite being handsomely rewarded with R2.4 million.
This is a serious offence and we want the MEC to tell us what he is going to do about it. It is unforgiveable that anyone – let alone a top level member of the judiciary – should get away with this. The MEC and his department must accept responsibility for this massive oversight and prioritise the release of this report. That it is left to opposition parties and concerned citizens to constantly raise the issue, is unacceptable. If the MEC fails to provide answers we are looking for, the DA will be forced to consider further action.