Gauteng Legislature Speaker must probe MEC’s misleading responses

By: Kingsol Chabalala MPL DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Evaton The DA will today write to the Gauteng Legislature Speaker Ntombi Mekgwe asking her to investigate whether education MEC Panyaza Lesufi deliberately misled the DA in written responses to parliamentary questions During an oversight visit to Evaton West Primary School in January, the DA found the school to be operating without electricity, as it was not connected to the local power grid. The DA submitted written questions over the matter to MEC Lesufi, who replied that admission pressures caused the department to open the school without it being connected to the municipal grid. Click here to view the response. The response further states that the necessary steps had been taken to have the school connected, and that it would have complete by the end of March 2015. However, the DA last Friday visited Evaton West Primary to verify the facts, and found that the school is not connected to the grid. The DA in the Gauteng Legislature has a Constitutional mandate to conduct oversight over government’s delivery programme, and the MEC is responsible to provide factual and accurate responses to questions posed. By providing misleading information, MEC Lesufi hides the true state of affairs to the DA and the parents and learners of Evaton West Primary. The DA will therefore request Speaker Mekgwe to investigate the authenticity of MEC Lesufi’s response, and if needs be, refer the matter to the Legislature’s Privileges and Ethics Committee for further investigation. The DA will not idly sit by and allow Premier David Makhura and members of his executive to ride roughshod over our democratic order. [END] ##################################################################################### Scanned by MailMarshal – M86 Security’s comprehensive email content security solution. Download a free evaluation of MailMarshal at www.m86security.com #####################################################################################