Paul Willemburg MPL
Spokesperson on Infrastructure Development
The Gauteng Infrastructure Development Department’s failure to pay suppliers within the 30 day window required by law has led to key social service projects being stalled, including the New Zola Hospital.
In a written response to my question in the Legislature MEC Qedani Mahlangu further revealed that the department failed to pay 1 013 suppliers on time in the two previous financial years, amounting to almost R78 million. These suppliers include municipalities and universities across the province, the Auditor-General and the Department of Justice.
Other projects affected are the Katlehong Old Age Home and the Sikhulisile Primary School where contractors have indicated that they refuse to continue with work until they are paid.
The DA welcomes the indication that processing of invoices and accounting for money received will be shifted from the Finance Department to Infrastructure Development as this would greatly assist in processing and paying invoices on time.
It is however deeply disturbing that the MEC will not take any action against officials responsible for the failure to comply with the law. Those who fail to uphold the law requiring payment within 30 days must be held accountable.
The DA also believes that the officials responsible for the delayed completion of the New Zola Hospital and the Katlehong Old Age Home must be held accountable for their failure provide the people of Gauteng with the services they need.