GAAL CEO must undergo disciplinary

By Jacques Smalle MPL, DA Spokesperson on SCOPA:

The DA will write to the Limpopo MEC for Transport, Mapula Mokaba Phukwane to investigate disciplinary steps against the CEO of Gateway Airports Authority Limited  (GAAL), Thulani Zulu with immediate effect.

In a reply to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) yesterday, the CEO revealed that the entity procured goods and services from more than 35 companies and worth more than more than R7 million without seeking their valid tax clearance certificates for the financial years of 2013/2014 and 2014/2015.

These companies include prominent IT, construction, travelling, catering, architects, security, media and vehicle providers. The money was regarded as  irregular expenditure by the Auditor General’s (AG) report released early this year.

In the 2013/2014 , the AG further discovered that :

  • The entity is the defendant in various lawsuits and pending legal cases to the tune of more than R3 million
  • fruitless and wasteful expenditure of more than R1.2 million incurred
  • Assets worth more than R124 million cannot be verified
  • Financial statements for auditing were submitted without proper records of procurements
  • No action was taken against any officials responsible for the irregular, and wasteful expenditure as required by the section 51 of the PFMA

The committee was openly dissatisfied with the CEO who continuously blamed most of AG’s findings on GAAL’s internal capacity constraints rather than taking responsibility.

The embattled CEO was lambasted by the committee and he was clearly unprepared and unwilling to accept the accountability for the mess at GAAL.

His competency to act as the CEO was questioned by the chairperson of the committee.

Failure to effectively manage an entity such as GAAL which ideally should boosts the provincial economy, is proof of the ANC cadre deployment failing without considering skills, experience and accountability of appointed persons.

The DA believes that taxpayer’s money should be used for the benefit of all people, not to the connected few.

The DA will continue to be proactive in seeking accountability for mismanaged state-owned entities.