Radley Keys, MPP
DA KZN Spokesperson on Transport
Today, ANC members of the KwaZulu-Natal Transport portfolio committee abused their majority in the committee to defer a report-back on the fiasco that was the enrolment process for trainee provincial inspectors in December last year.
Due to the urgency of the matter, I requested that the report be presented to the committee despite the absence of MEC Willies Mchunu, who it was reported had been hospitalised.
On behalf of the DA, I stressed that
- people lost their lives in the process,
- this disastrous event happened in December of last year,
- that despite a request in January for the matter to be reported on in the portfolio committee, the report is still being hidden
- it was imperative that the portfolio committee be fully informed as to the organisation and management of the enrolment process,
- a member of the department should report on the internal investigation,
I also queried whether the internal report has been submitted to the Premier or not.
In response, under the ANC chairperson, ANC members voted the item off the agenda and the item was closed. The DA’s objection was noted.
It is clear that the lives of our citizens are not important to the committee if it consistently employs delaying tactics not to hold the department accountable for the deaths of eleven people.
It is now four months since these people died as a direct or indirect result of the negligence of the department, yet there is no sense of urgency to bring the matter to a close, or to bring those officials responsible to account.
It is truly a sad day when the committee which is established to hold the department accountable is party to keeping this fiasco in the dark.