By Roy Jankielsohn, Leader of the Official Opposition in the Free State Provincial Legislature:
The below member statement was delivered by the Leader of the Official Opposition, Roy Jankielsohn (MPL), during a sitting of the Free State Provincial Legislature on 26 November 2015.
Cuban employees getting paid annual salaries of between R600 000 and R700 000 per year are idle. Engineers who have been in the Free State for almost six months now are not doing any work, they live in luxury guest houses all over the province paid for by the ANC-led provincial government.
This is a terrible shame considering that Free Staters are battling high unemployment, and extreme poverty while, on top of it all, they have to contend with poor to no service delivery.
While the provincial government pays, not only the salaries and other costs for these Cuban employees, but also for their accommodation in guest houses, South African engineers are struggling to find jobs.
As we have seen since 2009, the Premier of the Free State, Ace Magashule, will spare no cost to the taxpayer to satisfy his misled and ideologically outdated emotional attachment to Cuba.
The DA has engaged with some of these Cuban employees and we have confirmed that they have to pay a part of their salaries back to the Cuban government. This is nothing but a very clever form of slavery and an extension of Cuba’s communist system here in the Free State.
The question is how much of Free State money channelled through Cuba ends up in the pockets of senior Free State politicians and officials? Are ANC cadres involved in this racketeering ring lining their retirement funds or setting up a contingency emergency fund for when they lose power?