MEC’s silence over Pietermaritzburg optic cable deal questionable

Tom Stokes, MPP

Member of the Democratic Alliance in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature / DA Midlands Constituency Leader

The Democratic Alliance is alarmed by KwaZulu-Natal Cogta MEC, Nomusa Dube’s silence despite ongoing claims of improprieties around a massive tender for optic cables in Pietermaritzburg.

The claims, splashed across the media for two weeks running, have also been a hot topic within municipal committees for some months.

Given this, it is difficult to understand why the MEC has not issued a statement on the matter.

Regrettably, the focus of most MEC’s in the province is now on election canvassing for the ANC.  This has resulted in very little work is being done “back home” in the legislature and has allowed core business issues such as this to fester on the back burner.

I have today submitted a written parliamentary question to the MEC, to determine whether she has initiated any enquiry or asked the Auditor-General to investigate this tender.  In the event that she has not, the DA will insist that she do so without delay.