Rafeek Shah, MPL
DA KZN Spokesperson on Transport:
THE DA in KwaZulu-Natal calls on KZN Transport MEC, Willies Mchunu, to immediately provide those parents who tragically lost children in an Imbali accident earlier this year, with an update on investigations into the cause of the incident.
The call follows claims by the parents themselves that they are being strung along by the KZN Transport Department in their attempts to obtain information.
The department has also been accused of failing to provide financial compensation to some of the families of aspirant KZN RTI Officers who died during a recruitment campaign more than two years ago as well as failing to implement recommendations based on the findings of the RTI Commission of Enquiry.
The manner in which the department is handling both matters shows remarkable insensitivity underscored by extreme apathy.
It should not be a grieving families’ responsibility to hound the department. Instead it is the department’s duty to provide information and honour its obligation to render moral and material assistance. As the head of the KZN Transport Department, we expect MEC Mchunu to rectify this.
Also alarming is the issue of transparency when it comes to such investigations. This is not the first time that the department has not been forthcoming with information and has failed to provide regular updates.
The KZN RTI Commission of Inquiry report remains under wraps after many months, even to members of the portfolio committee. Meanwhile the outcome of a probe into the cause of an accident which saw nine Zulu maidens and two minders die while travelling home from the annual Reed Dance in 2013 is also unclear.
This is unacceptable. The DA will continue to pressure MEC Mchunu to show true leadership and disclose these findings.