DA calls for full audit of all emergency procurement tenders following arrests

DA calls for full audit of all emergency procurement tenders following arrests

The Democratic Alliance is calling for a full forensic audit of all emergency tenders that have been channelled through the Office of the Premier between 2016 and now following the shocking arrest of former high-profile staff members of the provincial government.

The DA has long held that the Eastern Cape has become the epicentre of corruption in South Africa.

The latest arrests of Former Eastern Cape government director-general Marion Mbina-Mthembu, former CFO in the office of the premier, Myirhakazi Hannah Ntshingila, and the former acting head of education, Sizakele Netshilaphala, while shocking, are hardly surprising.

They are among eight accused of fraud, money laundering and contravention of the Public Finance Management Act, relating to an R20,2 million emergency tender meant to procure 72 temporary classrooms in 2016 to ease overcrowding in 30 schools in Gqeberha and Kariega.

Once again, the allegations of corruption appear to reach the highest office of the province. In 2020, Premier Oscar Mabuyane’s former special advisor, Zandisile Qupe, was arrested for his involvement in defrauding the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality of at least R73 million through the beleaguered Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS). This case has still not been finalised.

Corruption, cadre deployment and maladministration have become part of the very fabric of government in the Eastern Cape, crippling governance and decimating service delivery to the people of this province.

While these individuals allegedly lined their own pockets, thousands of learners have, till today, been deprived of a suitable learning environment.

Serious questions need to be asked about the ANC government’s commitment to root out corruption. Their silence following the latest arrests speaks volumes.

The DA is consistently fighting for our children to have a better future by ensuring that public funds are spent correctly, and those who abuse such funds are held accountable. The DA has a plan to rescue the Eastern Cape by implementing good governance and proper consequence management.