Sizwe Mchunu, MPL
Leader of the DA in the KZN Legislature
The Democratic Alliance demands a public apology as well as the immediate resignation of KZN Transport MEC, Willies Mchunu and Health MEC, Sibongiseni Dhlomo following the damning outcome of the Premier’s RTI Commission of Enquiry into the deaths of eleven candidate officers during a recruitment exercise in 2012.
The report back from the Premier Senzo Mchunu in the KZN Legislature last night revealed gross negligence on the part of both departments over the manner in which the recruitment drive was managed.
Both MEC’s have blood on their hands. The right thing to do would be to resign.
The buck stops with the Premier. The DA expects him to announce the action to be taken against those responsible for these tragic deaths. In any self-respecting democracy, under similar circumstances, the Premier himself would have been obliged to resign. The question is will he take responsibility?
Last night’s report from the Premier did not inspire confidence that this would be the case. At best it was a vague summary of what is a lengthy and detailed report filled with damning findings and specific recommendations.
In short, the Premier dodged the big issues, going so far as to say that he is not in a position to release the full report. As the DA we want to know why.
In terms of the KZN Commissions Act, he is obliged to forward the report to legislature Members via the Office of the Speaker. Yet he failed to even table it, instead choosing to share it first with the Transport Department and the families of the deceased, treating the critical oversight role of opposition parties with disdain.
As KZN’s Official Opposition, the DA calls on the Premier to release the full RTI Commission of Enquiry Report in the interest of transparency and sound governance. He owes it to the taxpayers of this province. Most importantly he owes it to the families of those who lost their lives.