By Kingsol Chabalala MPL, DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Sport, Recreation, Arts, Culture and Heritage:
Gauteng, arts, culture, sports and recreation MEC Faith Mazibuko has deliberately misled the Provincial Legislature by claiming that only two of Emfuleni’s 13 libraries are without internet access, despite the DA having confirmation that 11 have no access at all.
Installed four years ago, kiosks at these libraries sit unused because of the department’s failure to deliver.
Libraries allow residents access to government portals to register as jobseekers and make general use of the internet.
The only two internet kiosks that are in working condition are those that were sponsored and recently upgraded by a private donor.
If the MEC was more attentive to her portfolio, she would understand how dysfunctional her department actually is.
I will write to the Legislature’s Privileges and Ethics Commitee and request an investigation into the MEC’s remarks, which I believe were a deliberate attempt to mislead the house.
Members of the executive must at all times be accountable to the public, whether the truth hurts or not.