By Khume Ramulifho MPL DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Education:
The DA questions Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi’s commitment to fight corruption in is department – over and above corruption and fraud reported at schools across the province.
According to the 2014/15 annual report the department procured goods and services of transactions valued above R500 000 without inviting competitive bids, as required by National Treasury regulation 16A6.1.
According to the Auditor General report, the accounting officer approved deviations even when it was practical to invite competitive bids, in contravention of regulation 16A6.4.
Furthermore, the department has awarded contracts to suppliers without obtaining tax clearance certificates as required by regulations.
The DA is convinced that these unfair practices were due to corrupt activities.
The DA is aware of school infrastructure projects reported to have been completed while the job was not done at all. These amongst others include Noorgesig Primary School, Megatong Primary School, Itereleng LSEN School and many others prioritized for sanitation programmes.
The DA has prepared written questions to get the list of all the companies who unfairly benefited from the education department, which we believe were awarded on the basis of political affiliation rather than competency.