George Mari, MPP
DA KZN Spokesperson on Human Settlements
SIX weeks and counting – this is how long the DA has been waiting for a response to parliamentary questions submitted to KwaZulu-Natal Human Settlement MEC, Ravi Pillay, regarding the out-of-court settlement between eThekwini municipality and Zikhulise Cleaning, Maintenance and Transport, owned by businesswoman Shawn Mpisane.
On 23 August, I wrote to MEC Pillay raising concern over the agreement in light of shoddy workmanship on the Umlazi B10 housing project. I also queried whether the settlement meant that Zikhulise would be awarded future housing contracts within eThekwini. I asked for clarification on whether there had been any consultation with the department over who would fund the agreement, whether the municipality had in fact investigated the workmanship carried out at Umlazi B10 and who would ultimately be responsible for the rectification of this in terms of the agreement and the cost thereof.
After the MEC failed to respond to my letter, the queries were submitted in the form of a written parliamentary question. Despite the MEC and his department being bound by legislation to answer these questions within two weeks, it has now been six weeks and the there is still no reply.
Failure to address these questions not only flies in the face of parliamentary regulations, it also raises serious questions around the MEC’s motives. Should he fail to deal with the request and provide answers in an open and honest manner, the DA will be forced to consider further action.