DA submit PAIA to force release of Agric forensic reports

Francois Rodgers, MPL

DA KZN Spokesperson on Finance:

THE DA has submitted a Public Access to Information Application (PAIA) to KZN Agriculture MEC, Cyril Xaba, demanding the immediate release of completed NMK forensic reports into the province’s Agriculture department.

I have done so in my capacity as a member of the DA and as an MPL in the KZN Legislature.  The PAIA was submitted on Monday 16 March.  The MEC now has a legal obligation to respond within 30 working days.

The information contained in these reports could well lead to one of the biggest financial scandals to rock KZN.

Viewing of the NMK forensic reports by the DA was only granted after a formal written request.  Restricted access was granted after the signing of a confidentiality agreement.

The evidence contained in the forensic reports is a clear indication of fraud, corruption and maladministration of the highest order – under the watch of former MEC, Meshack Radebe.   We estimate that the total cost to conduct these 10 forensic investigations will exceed R20million.

The DA finds it unacceptable that despite these explosive reports being concluded in February 2014 they have yet to see the light of day.

It is also a concern that only half the investigations have been concluded since investigations first began two years ago.

Most concerning though is the fact that critical recommendations contained in the reports – which name and shame certain individuals – have yet to be implemented.

These reports belong in the public domain – the MEC has an obligation to release this information and inform the citizens of KZN what corrective measures are to be taken.

PAIA Dept of Agriculture Forensic reports