Transport & Safety Department dodged questions on annual report

Harold McGluwa, ID MPL

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

The Transport, Safety & Liaison Department used the Portfolio Committee meeting meant to present their annual report for the 2012/13 financial year, to dodge questions from MPL’s.

MEC Mac Jack, the HOD, Stephen Jonkers, and officials appeared before a joint meeting of Members of the Portfolio Committee and SCOPA.

The South African Police Services (SAPS), a key stakeholder, were a no-show, with no explanation given.

It is disappointing that the HOD, Stephen Jonkers, ducked and dived from answering direct and detailed questions asked to him by opposition MPL’s.

Although the Auditor-General gave the Department an unqualified audit, which must be welcomed, serious problems persist in the department;

?            41% of the Departments targets were not met.

?            HOD Jonkers continues in his position even as he faces criminal

charges of having corrupted and defrauded his own department.

?            A bid was awarded to an official in the employ of another state

institution, and seemingly no action has been taken to remedy this.

?            Irregular expenditure ballooned by 82% since the last financial

year to R113 912 000 (2012: R19 897 000).

We alerted the Department to service delivery failures caused by police vehicles not being repaired timeously by a contractor chosen by SAPS to overhaul police cars, and requested an urgent investigation.

The department can do better to improve its outcomes, and we reiterate our call for MEC Jack to suspend the criminally charged HOD. The people of the Northern Cape deserve to live in safer communities.