The Democratic Alliance applauds the initiative and action taken by the MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Fikile Xasa, which was reported by the Daily Dispatch of 11 June 2015, to sanction an investigation on the irregular appointment of unqualified “specialists” to help municipalities attain clean audits, famously known as Operation Clean Audit (OCA) formed in 2009.
Over R30 million has been spent for this operation. One will recall that this is not the first time that an investigation is conducted using taxpayer’s money in the process. In a free society, citizens are also free from abuse of state resources by the organs of the state.
Now the question is, what will the MEC do about these irregularities and those who are responsible? What happened to the Ernst and Young forensic reports and many others piling up with no consequence?
The DA strongly suggests that those responsible of the abuse of office should be made to account, and pay back what they have earned fraudulently. I will be asking the MEC about this in the next sitting of the Legislature.
Nokonwaba Matikinca, MPL
DA Shadow MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs