By Mike Moriarty MPL, DA Gauteng Chief Whip in the Provincial Legislature:
Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi is to be commended for taking disciplinary action and dismissing the person responsible for contracting and paying Advocate Ajay Makka more than R22 000 per hour for legal services.
In response to my questions in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature yesterday, MEC Vadi said that the employee concerned appeared before a disciplinary hearing and was dismissed.
However, the MEC did not mention whether criminal charges were laid against the employee, despite the fact that his/her actions were clearly fraudulent.
While the MEC stated that Adv Makka would refund the department and that a formal complaint was laid with the “professional association”, he may still be doing work for other government departments.
Premier David Makhura has repeatedly promised a hard line on fraud and corruption, and could have sent a strong message to all government employees that perpetrators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
The DA will submit further questions to both the premier and MEC Vadi to establish why criminal charges were not laid.