Fred Nel MPL

DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Local Government

The rot uncovered by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) in the Tshwane Metro must not be swept under the carpet. Gauteng MEC for Local Government and Housing Ntombi Mekgwe must put a process in motion to ensure that those fingered in the report are not just disciplined but also prosecuted criminally.

I will submit questions to the MEC to determine what she intends to do with regard to the Tshwane SIU report. She must also ensure that the full report is released to the public. It is imperative that transparency and full accountability mark this process.

The DA in Gauteng and in the Tshwane council will fiercely pursue the harshest action possible to ensure that an example is made of those involved in or planning wrongdoing in Tshwane or any other municipality in the province.

All funds squandered as a result of wrongdoing by politicians and officials in the Tshwane metro must be recovered. Anyone exposed in the report must be fired.

The MEC’s action on the Tshwane SIU report provides a golden opportunity for her to prove herself in the new portfolio. The MEC has a responsibility to ensure that the Tshwane SIU report is dealt with without fear or favour. This is the opportunity for her to prove that cadre loyalty is not placed above criminal prosecutions.

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