Anthony Benadie MPL
Provincial Leader – Mpumalanga
Former human settlements HOD David Dube cannot escape accountability for the current state of the Human Settlements Department in Mpumalanga, and the DA calls on Select Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) chairperson Nomsa Mtsweni to initiate an investigation into the matter.
During the questions for oral reply session in the Mpumalanga Legislature on Tuesday human settlements MEC, Andries Gumede, admitted to inheriting a department in virtual chaos, that is being severely hampered in its housing delivery mandate.
According to the MEC, many challenges stem from contractual agreements with contractors. These binding agreements include letters of appointment to construct houses, without necessarily indicating where these houses should be built.
Furthermore, the lack of oversight by the department led to thousands of houses not being completed, resulting in a massive financial burden for the department as additional funds now had to be sought to ensure the completion of houses.
In fact of the 14 000 houses the department intends constructing this year, over 9000 are incomplete from previous years.
When further asked whether any procedures or investigations were undertaken against former HOD Dube, who is now a Member of the Provincial Legislature and Deputy Speaker, MEC Gamede admitted that none was underway.
It is an absolute disgrace that no action or investigation is initiated against the person who is single-handedly responsible for Mpumalanga’s housing crisis. The DA firmly believes that the decisions and conduct of the former HOD must be subject to an investigation to determine if he in any way compromised the department, and or violated the provisions of the Public Finance Management Act.
Such an investigation should also determine if MPL Dube should be held personally liable for any losses suffered by the department, and that such losses should be recovered from the member.
It is absurd to think that Mr Dube, in his new capacity as MPL, can sit in judgement of a department which he presided over. The Provincial Legislature cannot be a hiding place that exonerates Dube from being held accountable for his decisions and actions.
To this end we will write to chairperson of the Select Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA), Ms Nomsa Mtshweni requesting for a full investigation into Mr Dube’s tenure.