Axe Limpopo MECs, says Godi
Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale and his MECs should be fired following the Treasury’s finding that they had endorsed an illegal procurement process.
LIMPOPO Premier Cassel Mathale and his MECs should be fired following the Treasury’s finding that the provincial government had endorsed an illegal procurement process, standing committee on public accounts chairman Themba Godi said yesterday.
Mr Mathale presides over a provincial cabinet with five departments that were placed under administration by the national government due to poor financial controls and mismanagement.
Mr Godi, who was also leader of the tiny opposition African People’s Convention, said Mr Mathale an d his MECs should have been fired when the Treasury was forced to intervene.
“We believe the Limpopo executive should have been sacked because all these things happened right under its nose. The appropriate response should have been to make sure the political leadership was fired. We believe this is the way to show that we are serious about good governance and committed to promoting good financial management,” he said.
The Treasury discovered evidence of illegal payments and irregular leases. It also found the public finance function was “dysfunctional”, and that there had been R2,2bn in unauthorised spending in the education department, together with accumulated unauthorised spending of R67m at the end of March last year in the roads and transport department and insufficient audit evidence for commitments of about R2,9bn.
The standing committee had been briefed by the Treasury on Limpopo’s finances and the progress in audit committees and compliance with Treasury regulations. “What emerged from this briefing was a disturbing picture of gross mismanagement of funds, disregard of the prescripts of the law and poor internal controls,” said Mr Godi.