Ex-Gauteng official charged for negligence
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.