Opposition slam delay in RTI Commission report

2014-08-14 00:00

THE Democratic Alliance has questioned the delay in the release of the RTI Commission report by Premier Senzo Mchunu.

DA spokesperson on Transport in the KZN legislature Mohammed Rafeek Shah was reacting after the report was given to the families of those who died during the RTI recruitment drive, yesterday.

Shah said during the State of the Province address, the premier said the commission had concluded their work and would be handing over a report in a day or two.

“More than a month has passed and we still have not seen the report,” he said.

“I think they delayed the entire thing to give the Department of Transport a chance to scrutinise it before it comes to the house and I believe this is clearly undermining the legislature,” Shah said.

He said the legislature was by law supposed to see it first as the elected public representative, even before the department.

“We need to ensure that recommendations are carried out and all those responsible, including the MEC, must be held accountable because the buck stops with him.

“For us there was gross mismanagement of the entire process in terms of planning and heads need to roll,” he added.

Shah said they also want to question the costs involved in funding the commission because they needed to know how much public money was used in the process.

IFP leader in the legislature Blessed Gwala said they also expected heads to roll, not just those of people who are implicated but also senior officials in the Department of Transport.

“You cannot just conduct such an exercise without senior officials supervising the process, so we don’t want those implicated to be used as scapegoats,” he said.

Gwala commended the commission for recommending that families should be compensated.

“The IFP is calling on the premier to soon table the full report without any alterations before the legislature for debate,” he said.

• thobani.ngqulunga@witness.co.za

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