Investigate R190 million wasted Gauteng expenditure: DA

Mike Moriarty MPL

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Finance

Gauteng Finance MEC Barbara Creecy must investigate allegations of financial misconduct and tender fraud against her predecessor, Mandla Nkomfe, over alleged financial misconduct.

Media reports this weekend suggest that former MEC Nkomfe allegedly blocked an investigation into a suspicious call centre contract, due to his alleged ties to the company chairperson. This resulted in R190 million being wasted.

These allegations are very serious, as Mr Nkomfe and every member of the executive have to be guided by accounting officers over operational matters in their respective departments, and may not exercise undue political interference.

Moreover, R190 million could have been used to render much needed services, such as schools, clinics and roads to Gauteng’s ever-expanding population.

Should the allegations against Mr Nkomfe prove to be accurate, it would once again expose how politically well-connected business persons sway government contracts their way without fear of repercussions.

To this end, the DA will write to MEC Creecy and demand a full investigation into the allegations against Mr Nkomfe, and should there be any prima facie evidence of fraud and or corruption, to lay criminal charges against him and any other implicated persons as a matter of priority.

Corrupt politicians and their cronies must be exposed and face the full might of the law. The DA is able to provide a clean and effective government free from corruption and political interference, creates jobs and delivers quality and decent services.