By Chris Hattingh (MPL), DA Caucus Leader in the North West Legislature:
The power to change the future of the North West, lies in the hands of vote who government must fear and respect. The DA believes in accountable, responsive government that is fair, that promotes freedom and that opens opportunities to all people.
It can therefore never be accepted that Premier Supra Mahumapelo has just given the top job in this Province – the Director-General of the provincial government – to an individual who the Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority are pursuing for fraud and corruption of R250 million.
It is a crime against the people of the North West who struggle every day to get ahead, that the Premier chooses to give jobs to R250 million corruption suspects.
The new Director-General, Lydia Sebego, will now receive a salary package In the region of R1,5 million per year, despite being deeply compromised by a forensic audit.
The DA will challenge this appointment.
In the North West, we see jobs for pals, jobs for friends, jobs for family, but we see the tragedy of unemployment for everyone else.
It can never be accepted that Premier Supra Mahumapelo runs this province like his own private spaza shop.
The people of this province can change the future, and with their vote, can tell Premier Mahumapelo that the province will not accept a culture of turning a blind eye to corruption and fraud.
It is high-time too that Mahumapelo admits that municipal governance in the North West is in crisis, and is not being turned around. Seven municipalities cannot function at all on their own and are under Provincial intervention.
Mahumapelo is also covering up the outcomes of the Special Investigating Unit’s reports into all North West Municipalities, which were initiated by Proclamation R27 of 2009. To date, Mahumapelo, like previous North West Premiers, has hidden the outcomes and not a single report has been made public in the North West Legislature
What does Mahumapelo have to hide?
The DA believes that freedom, fairness and opportunity for all must be realised in the North West, through the transfer of power and the voting in of a DA government.