Johann Krog, MPP
DA KZN Spokesperson for Economic Affairs and Tourism
A PREDICTION by the Democratic Alliance made exactly a month ago during the KwaZulu-Natal budget debates – that the Dube TradePort would soon be the focus of an internal audit – looks set to become a reality sooner rather than later.
This follows the news that CEO, Rohan Persad, has been suspended pending an investigation into alleged corrupt dealings with a former airport service provider, the beneficiary of a R50 million per annum cargo handling contract.
Rumours of corruption at the TradePort have been swirling for a long time and, for this reason, the DA welcomes Persad’s suspension pending an investigation. It is astounding that it took a KZN-based Sunday newspaper to reveal the rot, rather than the province’s own internal audit operation. Provincial government is practically bursting at the seams with staff employed to keep a handle on corruption. So why didn’t anyone pick up the alleged irregularities surrounding this particular contract? This failure to look critically at the matter stands in stark contrast to the vigilance of the press.
The DA is committed to monitoring the progress of this investigation. In the event that it fails to deliver, we will call on the Public Protector to intervene.