Transport, Safety & Liaison MEC Jack must suspend HOD

Harold McGluwa, ID MPL

DA Northern Cape – Provincial Chairperson Spokesperson on Transport, Safety & Liaison

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is calling for newly appointed MEC of Transport, Safety & Liaison, Mac Jack, to show leadership, and to suspend the Head of Department (HoD), Stephen Jonkers, in light of the serious charges he faces.

It is unacceptable that the HoD, who is facing charges of corruption and contravening the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), remains in office, even as he makes court appearances and investigations against him continue.

The DA is concerned that the provincial government is showing a complete disregard for good governance principles, and ultimately the people of the Northern Cape. How is it possible that a HoD accused of corrupting the department they manage, remains in his position?

On the one count the HoD is accused of allegedly receiving a kickback of R260 000 from the owner of a bus company to which he awarded a 5-year contract worth R10-million. In another charge, he stands accused of giving three bus companies contracts worth in excess of R25-million without going out to tender. The contracts were for the provision of subsidised transport services in the Springbok and Barkley West areas.

It is unacceptable that in a province where 440 523 residents do not have access to subsidized transport, those who do, are given transport services whose operators have been appointed through allegedly illegal means.

The list of provincial government politicians and senior officials who have been arrested and are in our courts facing serious charges has grown. This is a seriously poor reflection on this current administration.

We are again calling on the Department to do the right thing and place the HoD on immediate suspension, and to initiate its own internal disciplinary measures.

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