DA to ask oral questions during sitting of the Legislature

Today, members of the DA caucus in the Free State Provincial Legislature will pose oral questions to Premier Ace Magashule and members of his Executive Council.

This scheduled oral questions session is a victory for the DA who fought for more than a year in Whips’ Committee meetings to set time aside that would allow members of the legislature to hold the Executive to account, as MPLs are constitutionally mandated to do.

The Leader of the Official Opposition, Roy Jankielsohn (MPL) will ask the following questions to The Premier of the Free State, Ace Magashule:

  1. Who are the implicated parties as identified in the National Treasury commissioned report by JGL Forensics into the contracts between the Office of the Premier and Letlaka Communications; 
  2. Whether the Office of the Premier requested law enforcement agencies “to thoroughly investigate the allegations and findings within the report and take appropriate action” as requested by then National Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

And to to the MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mosebenzi Zwane:

  1. Whether disciplinary action was instituted against senior officials, as recommended in a report following investigations by the Office of the Accountant General in the department of National Treasury into the appointment of ESTINA as a partner in the Vrede Dairy project; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

The DA Caucus Chairperson, James Letuka (MPL) will ask the following question to the MEC for Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements, Olly Mlamleli:

  1. How will the MEC prevent ESKOM from scheduling punitive blackouts in those Free State municipalities that have defaulted on paying their ESKOM accounts?

Mariette Pittaway (MPL) will ask the following question to the MEC for Education, Tate Makgoe:

  1. Whether the department is experiencing difficulties in the payment of (a) salaries to newly appointed teachers and (b) school subsidies; if not, how was this conclusion reached; if so, what are the reasons?

Leona Kleynhans (MPL) will ask the following question to the MEC for Police, Roads and Transport, Butana Khompela:

  1. How many (a) cases of illegal farm evictions were reported to and investigated by the SAPS in the Free State during the period 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2014, (b) people were charged and (c) convicted?

The details of the oral questions session are as follows:

Date: Today, Thursday, 21 May 2015

Time: 10:00

Venue: The Chamber of the Fourth Raadzaal, President Brand Street, Bloemfontein

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Fraudulent qualifications need to be exposed

Bobby Stevenson (MPL)

Chief Whip of the official opposition:

It was reported recently that 640 civil servants had false qualifications.  

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How many officials in the Eastern Cape have fake qualifications? This is the question that I have posed to the premier, Phumulo Masualle for written reply in the light of the revelations that 640 public officials have fake degrees across the country.   Some of these must be from the Eastern Cape.

We cannot tolerate civil servant who get jobs and promotions based on fake qualifications.  This is out and out fraud and makes a mockery of any form of integrity.  It is unfair for people to be promoted based on fraud and compromises the delivery of services in this province.  They need to be named and shamed.

This province is top-heavy with under-qualified civil servants.  The ratio of support staff to core staff is totally out of kilter.  With 65% of our budget going on salaries, we need an assurance that people are getting the right pay for the right job for the right qualification.

I also need to be assured that stringent verification processes take place in the Eastern Cape and that these procedures are adhered to.

There can be no room for a cover-up in this regard.  The DA wants to see decisive action taken to ensure that fraudsters are rooted out of the system.

What we want is a civil service that works for the people and not for itself

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DA QUESTIONS MMEMEZI AND GAUTENG PREMIER

DA Gauteng Caucus

Gauteng Local Government and Housing MEC, Humphrey Mmemezi, faces probing DA questions in the Gauteng Legislature tomorrow, 29 May 2012.

Mmemezi will have to answer questions from the DA relating to his credit card spending and mishaps with his official vehicle.

DA Gauteng Caucus Leader, Jack Bloom, will be asking a question without notice to Gauteng Premier, Nomvula Mokonyane.

This promises to be an exciting face-off.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE TO THE PREMIER

** J B Bloom (DA) to ask the Premier

PREMIER’S QUESTION TIME

** 3.PR001 Ms K L Lorimer (DA) to ask the Premier:

Noting the media release from the Provincial Government on 8 November 2012 which states firstly that “Gauteng Province promises to take care of crash victim’s medical needs” and secondly that “Mokonyane made a commitment to the family that the provincial government will take care of Ferreira’s medical needs.”; will the Premier please indicate:

(i) whether the Provincial government will be making a financial contribution to the Ferreira family for Thomas Ferreira’s medical expenses; (ii) if not, why not; (iii) if so, when will this money be paid out; and (iv) what accounts for the delays in this matter?

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL REPLY TO THE EXECUTIVE

4.HL004 Mr J B Bloom (DA) to ask the Member of the Executive Council for Health:

With regard to electricity failures at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, will the MEC please indicate:

(i) how many electricity failures have there been at this hospital this year.

(ii) what was the duration and date of each such failure;

(iii) what was the reason for the failure in each case;

(iv) in which incidents did generators not kick in; and

(v) why did the generators not operate, including specifically the power failure on 15 May 2012?

4.LG&HS004 Mr F P Nel (DA) to ask the Member of the Executive Council for Local Government and Housing:

With regard to the Gauteng Department of Local Government and Housings vehicle, BMW X5 registration number XDF 802 GP, could the MEC please indicate:

(i) who was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident on 11 November 2011;

(ii) what is the Accident Report number issued for this accident after reporting it to the SAPS;

(iii) why has the insurance refused to pay the claim for this accident;

(iv) how much is the assessed damage to the vehicle; and

(v) why will this vehicle be sold by auction?

4.LG&HS005 Mr F P Nel (DA) to ask the Member of the Executive Council for Local Government and Housing:

With regard to the government credit card issued to the MEC could he please indicate:

(i) whether the credit card was used to make a purchase from President Hyper in Krugersdorp on 16 April 2011;

(ii) whether the credit card was used to make purchases from Woolworths Harrison street on 22 September 2011 and 19 January 2012;

(iii) what were the purposes of the purchases made on 16 April 2011, 22 September 2011 and 19 January 2012 respectively;

(iv) what were the amounts of the purchases made on 16 April 2011, 22 September 2011 and 19 January 2012 respectively; and

(v) whether these purchases were in line with the official guidelines for the use of an official credit card?

4.ECD001 Dr G L M Lewis (DA) to ask the Member of the Executive Council for Economic Development:

With regard to the high youth unemployment in Gauteng, will the MEC please indicate:

(i) whether the MEC is prepared to lobby at national level for the introduction of the youth wage subsidy, as proposed by national treasury; and

(ii) if not, why not?

4.PS004 Mr N Ramulifho (DA) to ask the Member of the Executive Council for Community Safety:

With regard to theft of Gauteng online project computer laboratory facilities will the MEC please indicate:

(i) whether there are any cases concluded since 2007;

(ii) if so, how many;

(iii) whether there are any convictions made to date;

(iv) whether there are any repeat offences at one or more schools; and

(v) what measures, if any, have been put in place to prevent theft of computer lab facilities?

4.INF003 Mr J B Bloom (DA) to ask the Member of the Executive Council for Infrastructure Development:

With regard to the application under the Promotion of Access to Information Act received by your office on 22 October 2011 concerning particulars of the furniture in the Premier’s official residence, will the MEC please indicate:

(i) why was this application completely ignored (see attached proof of delivery and copy of application);

(ii) whether the department will comply with the Act in this instance; and

(iii) if not, why not?

4.ECD002 Dr G L M Lewis (DA) to ask the Member of the Executive Council for Economic Development:

With regard to the application under the Promotion of Access to Information Act received by your office on 22 March 2012 concerning details of the MEC’s purchases on her official government credit card, will the MEC please indicate:

(i) why has there been no response to this application;

(ii) whether the department comply with the Act in this instance;

(iii) if not, why not; and

(iv) why is the MEC hiding the details of her credit card purchases?

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