KZN RTI Commission must probe DOT fraud allegations

Sizwe Mchunu, MPP

Leader of the DA in the KZN Legislature

The Democratic Alliance calls on leaders of the KZN RTI Commission of Inquiry to urgently probe the allegation that documents submitted as part of the investigation were falsified by KZN’s transport department itself.

The claim, made by a former official within the department, is extremely serious and undermines the credibility of the entire R14-million Commission.

If founded, we will expect the Commission to institute criminal charges against KZN Transport MEC, Willies Mchunu and any official implicated.

It is more than a year since eight young people died while taking part in a KZN Transport recruitment exercise and still we do not know why.

If documents are being falsified then there can be no hope of a truthful outcome and millions of rands will have been wasted.

At a Transport portfolio committee meeting held last year, the DA called on MEC Mchunu to conduct an internal investigation into the actions of his officials on that day.  The MEC refused on the basis that there was a Commission of Inquiry.

Now the Commission is at risk of becoming a farce.

Where does this leave the families of the deceased?  What does it mean for the officials who are responsible for this fiasco?

The DA expects MEC Mchunu, to respond to this latest claim.  We expect him to reassure the families and the people of KZN that there will be no cover-up of what happened on that day.

The Commission’s final report is due on 31 March 2014 – just six weeks away – when it is expected to be presented to the Premier.

The Commission must proceed with absolute transparency.  The DA expects the MEC to publically commit to a probe without fear of favour and stop this process from turning into a very expensive farce.