By Adv Boitumelo Babuseng, MPL, DA Provincial Spokesperson for Economic Affairs:
The Democratic Alliance welcomes the fruitful discussion between ourselves and the Office of the Auditor-General on the recent developments at the Northern Cape Liquor Board.
During the meeting, it was confirmed that the Office of the Auditor-General did request information from the Northern Cape Liquor Board regarding the appointment of the chief executive officer.
Requesting information of any nature is a normal step in regulatory audits and there is nothing inherently suspicious about such a request.
The Auditor-General furthermore confirmed that it did raise a finding relating to the appointment of the CEO. The Liquor Board, whether on its own or through the MEC for Finance, is free to rebut or disprove this finding.
As the Democratic Alliance, we appreciate the need for the Office of the Auditor-General to remain an independent and unbiased body. The role that the auditors play in clean administration, which leads to improved service delivery, cannot be overestimated.
We will engage with the findings from the audit when the Liquor Board comes to table their annual reports.
We remain concerned about the seemingly irregular appointment of the CEO. We have requested a formal inquiry into personnel practices at the Liquor Board from the Public Service Commission. We believe that the correct procedures were not followed and we want the principles of proper public administration to be upheld.