Speaker must intervene over COGTA MEC’s dodging of parly questions

By George Mari, MPL, DA KZN Spokesperson on COGTA:

The DA calls on KZN Legislature Speaker, Lydia Johnson, to intervene over COGTA MEC, Nomusa Dube-Ncube’s ongoing failure to answer written parliamentary questions submitted by the party which relate to serious issues within certain municipalities.

Between January 2014 and June 2015, the DA submitted 34 parliamentary questions to MEC Dube-Ncube. Twelve were answered. Eight were not.

The remaining 14 questions were not sufficiently answered with the MEC stating that they were not her responsibility.

The DA’s questions covered contentious issues including;

–          Security provision for councillors

–          International trips made by municipal officials

–          Five proposed new Toll roads

–          Municipal electricity theft

–          Municipal water tankers

It is difficult to comprehend how these municipal matters do not fall within her jurisdiction as MEC.

At best, the MEC’s dodging of the DA’s questions is a sign that she is unwilling to face the endemic corruption or the state of collapse within some municipalities.

At worst it is pure laziness.

To date, MEC Dube-Ncube is the only KZN cabinet member who has adopted this modus operandi.  In so doing she is showing complete and utter disdain for the DA’s oversight role as KZN’s official opposition.

The MEC is also in contempt of the rules of the KZN Legislature which state that she must respond to written parliamentary questions within a two week period.  Failing this, she must apply for an extension.

It is unacceptable that she be allowed to the MEC continue in this manner.  The DA expects the Speaker to act.

We will also hold the MEC to account at the next meeting of the province’s COGTA portfolio committee.  The information requested belongs in the public domain.