Finance committee head irate over snub

2012-04-18 00:00

FINANCE committee chairperson Belinda Scott went ballistic yesterday over what she described as a growing trend of treating the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature with contempt.

Her ire was raised because for two years her committee has been trying to get a list of the number of forensic investigations being conducted in the province.

The committee passed a resolution early last year requesting the head of the KZN internal audit unit, Motlalepula Motaung, to provide a list to the committee by January last year.

Scott said it a year later there was still no list.

She was incensed that in response to her latest query she received a note from Motaung saying that such information had been presented in camera, via the Finance MEC to the standing committee on public accounts (Scopa).

“Never in my life have I had my resolutions dealt with in Scopa. I expect responses to resolutions by this committee by the due date. It is now one year later and we are still waiting,” she said.

Scott said the committee had not asked for information about the forensics, but only for the list, and this should hardly be regarded as sensitive information.

Motaung, who is in London at an internal audit conference with KZN Finance MEC Ina Cronjé, is to be called before the finance committee.

Scott went on to say that she saw a growing trend of entities and officials treating the legislature with contempt. She cited the non-arrival of officials of Ezemvelo Wildlife and Ithala for recent finance committee hearings. She said a strong message had to be sent to departments that ultimately they were accountable to the legislature.

Scott said she would be writing to Cronjé and the head of the finance department, Leslie Magagula, for answers to the committee’s resolution on the number of forensic investigations being conducted in the province.

She wold also ask Magagula to accompany Motaung when she appears before the committee.

“This refusal by the head of internal unit to answer a resolution is unacceptable,” she said.

• nalini@witness.co.za

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