The North West Provincial Legislature’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA), has expressed hope that arrests will be made soon on criminal cases that were opened, amid allegations of financial maladministration and corruption in provincial government departments.
Scopa held an oversight meeting with the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the Directorate for the Priority Crime Investigations (The Hawks) to receive an update on cases opened by the committee, including the 34 cases that were opened by the Inter-Ministerial Task Team on Section 100 Intervention's Anti-Corruption Task Team led by the National Treasury.
The cases include that relating to the R134-million that is said to have been erroneously transferred to Bojanala District Municipality instead of the Rustenburg Local Municipality, the Taung Hotel School project where a fence and guard house were poorly constructed at a cost of about R8 million and the irregular expenditure of R1.4 billion at the provincial Department of Education.
North West Scopa chairperson, Job Dliso, said lawmakers are happy with the progress made so far.
“You will recall that we met with them last year around October where we started to look at the legacy report (Scopa Handover Report), where we highlighted matters that needed to be investigated. We also submitted new cases of alleged mismanagement of funds and we are happy so far that we are working hand-in-hand with law enforcement agencies,” said Dliso.
But Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Member of Provincial Legislature, Betty Diale, said her party is unhappy with the slow progress of investigations.
“As the EFF we feel that there’s not much progress. I must indicate that the cases that were opened in November … most of them are still under investigation, so we are going to make sure as the EFF sitting in the Legislature committee that the progress is done in respect of investigations in this matter,” Diale said.
Meanwhile Democratic Alliance (DA) Chief Whip in the province, Freddy Sonakile, said the party believes there’s still a lot to be done.
“We welcomed the brief that was presented by the Hawks. However, we still believe that there is a lot that still need to be done. For the first time in the history of the North West Provincial Legislature, we have seen such a move taken where law enforcers come and give us a feedback,” said Sonakile.