John Moodey MPL
DA Gauteng Provincial Leader:
Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport (GDRT) MEC, Ismail Vadi and Head of Department (HOD), Ronald Swartz are condoning attempts by senior management to silence a whistle-blower who has attempted to expose corrupt and collusive activities.
According to DA information the whistle-blower has attempted to report sever financial irregularities to both the MEC and HOD, only to find himself having being suspended.
The whistle-blower alleges how he had uncovered what appears to be the irregular appointment of one senior official, but also how this official and the person who alledgedly colluded to ensure her appointment, irregularly awarded tenders to the value of R19.5 million.
The whistle blower alleges that the tenders were awarded in contravention of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), Treasury Regulations and department financial controls.
After no action was taken by the HOD, this matter was raised with the MEC, again to no avail.
This matter has been the subject of a Public Service Commission investigation, a report which the whistle-blower claims has been ignored by the MEC and HOD.
Once again, we are exposed to the nefarious workings of officials employed in departments throughout Gauteng and the lack of political will to tackle these issues head on.
What is of upmost concern is that when official attempt to do the right thing, they are maligned by those in the upper echelons of power.
Gauteng Premier, David Makhura’s much lauded approach to corruption needs to be put to task in instances such as these.
The DA will follow this case up with both the Premier Makhura and MEC Vadi as a matter of urgency.