By Chris Hattingh (MPL), DA Constituency Head, Matlosana, North West:
The Democratic Alliance in Matlosana, North West will write a letter to Seth Ramagaga the Administrator of the Matlosana Municipality and the Mayor Michael Khauoe to provide us with copies of all contracts that were entered into between the municipality and the local businessman since 2012.
We will request to have access to all contracts entered into with Mr TP “MacGyver” Mokasule. It is alleged that the businessman was awarded various tenders over a period of two years amounting to R165 million.
The DA will furthermore investigate whether the proper supply chain management processes were followed and if any official from the municipality benefited by awarding tenders to Mokasule.
In addition it is alleged that Mokasule is one of the municipality’s biggest creditors and gets priority when service providers are being paid, sometimes to the detriment of staff salaries.
The ANC once again proves to be an organisations who only benefits a few connected cadres, unless it takes action in this matter.
While the bucket system is still used in some areas of Matlosana, this municipality can still whip up millions to benefit only a few rather than solve the desperate needs of our people.
This municipality is riddled by corruption, massive infrastructure backlogs, poor leadership and a history of wasteful, fruitless and irregular expenditure – the same reasons that were provided when the Municipality was put under administration still exist today.
The latest revelations once again put a question mark behind the rationale of putting North West municipalities under administration: It appears that the same irregularities that caused the municipality to fail are simply being perpetuated.
The DA believes that small businesses are a key to help our economy grow and to create jobs. Where we govern we ensure that everybody has the same access to business opportunities and tenders are awarded in a transparent manner that complies with legislation.
Preferring big connected individuals, over small business development, will never lead to job creation.