Jacques Smalle (MPL)
DA Limpopo Provincial Leader
The recent refusal by Limpopo premier Stan Mathabatha to sign a memorandum of understanding between Limpopo Government and Section 100 intervention team is clear proof of the extent to which his administration is willing to go in hiding the rot in the provincial government.
The DA learnt with shock that Mathabatha is unhappy and not willing to continue working with cabinet ministers in health and public works. If the MOU is signed, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi will retain their prerogative to appoint executive personnel such as hospital chief executives and other top bureaucrats.
This situation is even more dissatisfying for the premier since the privilege of appointing the chief executive of Roads Agency Limpopo, a provincial entity with a R1.2 billion budget, also lies with the public works minister.
The DA strongly suggests that the premier sign the MOU since the core functions of provincial administration fully depend on it. We further encourage Mathabatha to master the political will to take this unfashionable decision according to his peers in the ruling party and do what is in the best interest of the people of Limpopo.
It does not take a rocket science to tell that Limpopo government is still not run in an open manner for all to see behind the scenes. The DA would in this situation do what needs to be done and start promoting transparent and accountable governance.
We also urge the premier to release the performance report that is alleged to contain huge fruitless expenditure which may implicate high profile culprits.
It is only then that government will be in a better shape and direction, a legacy Mathabatha can look back at with pride and not shame like his predecessors.