By Dr Imran Keeka, MPL, DA KZN Spokesperson on Health:
THE DA has today submitted a Public Access to Information Application (PAIA) in a bid to force KZN’s Health department to release tender information regarding the procurement of mobile hospitals in the province.
The move is a result of KZN Health MEC, Sibongiseni Dhlomo’s ongoing refusal to supply the DA with this, along with other related procurement documents.
We have repeatedly asked the MEC to share this information with us. We have done so in the form of written parliamentary questions and through an appeal directly to the MEC during last weeks’ health budget debate. Yet no answers have been forthcoming.
That the MEC refuses to be held accountable for spending public funds – and ultimately the services that those funds are intended for – is extremely alarming.
That he is so hell-bent on concealing this information leads us to believe that there something to hide.
In terms of today’s PAIA, the MEC and his department will have 30 days to respond from the time that they acknowledge receipt of our application.
Once this acknowledgement is received, the DA will obtain a qualified opinion to determine the way forward.
The people of our province will never enjoy the freedom granted by the constitution while there is a government that only offers opportunity to a connected few.
As KZN’s official opposition, the DA is committed to holding government to account where such unfair behaviour prevails.
The citizens of KZN deserve better.