Andrew Louw, MPL
DA Provincial Leader
The Democratic Alliance today staged an anti-corruption protest outside the Kimberley High Court. This coincided with the Trifecta court case of Economic Development MEC, John Block, and his two co-accused, namely COGHSTA MEC, Alvin Botes, as well as former HOD of Social Development and current MP, Yolande Botes.
The three high ranking public representatives stand accused of receiving kickbacks from the Trifecta Group in exchange for awarding them the tender. According to the NPA, evidence further reveals that the Trifecta Group was awarded a number of lease agreements for office space for State Departments. However, these lease agreements were only awarded after the Supply Chain Management procedures were flouted.
Currently government’s integrity is in tatters due to the long list of politicians and government officials who are facing serious fraud and corruption charges, yet continue to manage state funds.
Corruption allows valuable state resources to go to fat cat officials and politicians rather than South African communities in need of services. At the same time, corruption chases away investors and makes poor people even poorer.
The DA has a zero-tolerance approach to corruption. This is why we are advocating that officials and politicians facing criminal charges must be suspended pending the outcomes of their court cases, while those found to be corrupt must be fired.
The DA’s anti-corruption measures go further than any other party. We are the only party willing to open government tender processes to the public. Where we govern, we have implemented legislation to prevent the potential for corruption when public officials are allowed to do business with the state. We also ensure that public representatives and officials disclose their financial interests. We further put a stop to lavish parties, ultra luxury vehicles, and other perks for politicians.
The DA has the political will to do what it can to prevent public funds from being leeched by public servants who clearly have no commitment to serving the South African public. We can transform this political will into a reality in the Northern Cape if the public lends us their vote in 2014.