Desiree van der Walt MPL
DA Limpopo Legislature Caucus Leader
The DA will re-introduce a no confidence motion against Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale following new revelations of travel abuse involving chartered helicopter flights.
The latest round of R82 000 spending on charted flights comes after Premier Mathale spent R641 410 on travel claims in the 2011/12 financial year. This was revealed by the DA’s questions in the legislature’s public accounts committee late last year.
Tomorrow, the DA will make a formal appeal to the Speaker, Rudolph Phala, to review his refusal to allow a DA motion of no confidence against Premier Mathale to be debated last month.
According to media reports, Premier Mathale used taxpayer’s money to rent a helicopter for a trip between Polokwane and Musina in January at an estimated cost of R82 000.
In fact, the DA can confirm that Premier Mathale has been abusing his powers to take chartered helicopter flights since as early as 2011.
The DA witnessed this abuse first-hand during Chief Kgoshi Maleboho’s inauguration ceremony on 14 May 2011 where Premier Mathale arrived in a helicopter instead of using state vehicles to attend the event.
Premier Mathale is a serial abuser of the law and cares very little about the need to use public funds for basic service delivery in Limpopo instead.
The money Premier Mathale blows on helicopter flights could have been used to purchase textbooks , increase norms and standards funds to schools or provide water and proper sanitation for the citizens of Limpopo.
We believe that the Speaker now has no choice but to allow the no confidence debate to remove Premier Mathale in the light of ongoing abuses.