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Ex-Gauteng official charged for negligence

2012-02-15 21:58

Johannesburg - A criminal charge has been laid against the former head of the Gauteng roads and transport department Benedicta Monama for gross negligence, the DA said on Wednesday.

"I have done this after Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane pointedly refused to lay charges even though Miss Monama was suspended for a disciplinary charge before her contract ran out at the end of July last year," DA caucus leader Jack Bloom said in a statement.

"Miss Monama got off scot free from sanction even though she had reportedly signed an illegal R3bn contract with Westpoint Trading 123 to operate driver licence testing centres."

Bloom said top officials needed to be held accountable and should fear that gross financial mismanagement could lead to jail.

"I have laid the charge against Monama in terms of section 86 of the Public Finance Management Act, which specifies that it is a criminal offence for which you can get five years jail for wilful or gross negligence in contravening a provision of the PFMA," he said.

The department of roads and transport said it had noted the charges against Monama.

In a statement, it said it believed it was the right of any citizen to report any matter that was allegedly or potentially injurious to the public interest.

"The department will fully co-operate with the relevant authorities should an investigation be launched in this matter."

Gauteng police confirmed that a charge had been laid.

Comments
  • Dave - 2012-02-15 22:34

    The department of roads and transport said it had noted the charges against Monama. In a statement, it said it believed it was the right of any citizen to report any matter that was allegedly or potentially injurious to the public interest. BUT, Public Interest is NOT part of the Proposed Protection of Corruption Bill.

  • Grant - 2012-02-15 22:35

    The "gravy train" de-rails once again...

  • braamc - 2012-02-16 04:41

    They will f@#$cen cover up. Filthy corrupt ANC species

  • Max - 2012-02-16 05:06

    I am beginning to wonder if all this ANC corruption is intentional or just a matter of the ANC comrades being intellectually challenged. Maybe they are just to weak minded to understand the consequences of their actions and decisions. If you put a Grade 7 pupil in charge of running a government department, these are the kind of decisions you can expect from them.

  • Sharon - 2012-02-16 06:58

    We always hear of officials being suspended (most on full pay), but never of criminal charges brought against them. Well done, DA, carry on, I want to see each and every one of these scoundrels in the docks, explaining exactly why they thought it was OK to steal or waste tax money through blatant incompetence.

      berni.venter - 2012-02-16 08:17

      And let's see their assets accumulated through their thieving ways being seized!

  • Murechen - 2012-02-16 07:40

    Finally the PFMA is being used, seems to be a forgotten piece of legislature in this country.

  • Arthur - 2012-02-17 21:58

    People keep on voting for the ANC. ANC keep on filling their pockets. People keep on getting poorer. ANC keep on giving empty promises. People keep on voting ANC. ANC keep on getting richer and people keep on getting poorer. except for ANC Nepotism.

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