Speech by Nokonwabo Matikinca, MPL – Reply to Sopa address

The debate on premier Phumulo Masualle’s State of the Province Address resumed today in the Bhisho Legislature. (Subs:  Wednesday, 2 July 2014).

Below is the speech by DA Shadow MEC for Cooperative Governance, Nokonwabo Matikinca

Madam Speaker, Premier, honourable members of the house – protocol observed, traditional leaders and our guests.

As the Democratic Alliance, we welcome the plans outlined for the next five years by honourable Premier Masualle.

We trust that all these will be implemented as outlined, and that your speech was not just something to bring hope in to the people of Eastern Cape, but will be practically realised.

We also support your statement that people who are being investigated for fraud and corruption must be relieved of their duties whilst being investigated. We applaud the Premier for that, seeing that it has been the Democratic Alliance’s belief that people who are being investigated must step aside until the investigations are complete.

Madam Speaker, we suggest that the Honourable Premier must start with the Buffalo City Metro in rooting out corruption. We all know the R10 million Madiba memorial taxi scandal is a disgrace never to be forgotten.

What is more embarrassing is to hear that the Buffalo City Council instead of addressing this in their last council sitting, they discussed which flights to take, which vehicle types to hire, and in which luxury hotels to stay, etc.

Madam Speaker as the Democratic Alliance we would not like the Honourable Premier to let the outstanding forensic reports dent his noble plans. He must attend to this immediately since taxpayer’s money has been used in this investigations.

The following are just a few, relating to Buffalo City:

  • R2 billion Make-A-Difference (MAD) campaign – forensic investigations done by Ernst and Young;
  • R17m black refuse bag contract – forensic investigation done by MMB Consultants; and
  • Damage caused to Mercedes Benz hired for Cllr Gomba – Investigation done by my external legal service provider, Mr J. Clark.

We also note that the Honourable Premier in his plans has quoted the President that “Our people’s experience of Local Government must be a pleasant one”. As the Democratic Alliance we believe that in order to achieve this, the jobs for pals, nepotism and jobs according to political affiliation must just be stopped. Competent people with skills must be employed.

Madam Speaker, if the Honourable Premier is unable to implement this, maybe fearing to be out of favour with some people, the Democratic Alliance is ready to do that, he must just pass the baton. We are here to serve all the people of the Eastern Cape not just according to political affiliation.

I thank you.