Mark Steele, MPP
DA KZN Spokesperson on Scopa
SEVERAL months ago KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC, Sibongiseni Dhlomo, made an undertaking to the provincial public accounts committee (Scopa) to find out – within the next three months – what could be done to terminate the Trizon Towers lease agreement and free the province of this obligation.
The Department of Health was appearing before Scopa in connection with the Auditor-General’s annual report. The MEC was answering questions relating to the lease agreement entered into to secure the property in Pietermaritzburg known as Trizon Towers (formerly Capital Towers). The MEC described the lease as tainted by irregularities and declared that he wanted nothing to do with Trizon Towers. He went so far as to tell Scopa that he had never set foot in the building and that the Department had no need of it.
The MEC’s three months are now up and the province is still paying for a building it apparently doesn’t need or want. The DA will be looking forward to seeing the MEC announce that the lease agreement is no more.