Limpopo premier's fate in the balance

2012-05-22 22:32

Cape Town - Reports on fraud and maladministration investigations in Limpopo will determine the fate of Premier Cassel Mathale, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

"Investigations by the law enforcement agencies are ongoing," he told the National Assembly in Cape Town.

"It is only when you have discovered wrongdoing that you act. Those reports are going to come and will determine what happens to the premier. You are talking as if nothing has been done."

Zuma was replying to a question on what progress had been made in Limpopo since the government's intervention in the province last year.

He said Limpopo had moved from having a R2bn shortfall to a cash reserve of R231.4m on March 31.

This cash position was due to cash management controls put in place from December 2011.

"While the cash position has improved and payment and procurement systems in departments have stabilised, further work still needs to be done," Zuma said.

He said a provincial fiscal recovery plan had to include the strengthening of supply chain management and budgetary processes.

Law enforcement agencies in the province have been investigating allegations of fraud and maladministration in a number of departments.

Work was ongoing in a number of departments including health, education, roads and transport.

Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko asked Zuma whether he agreed that Mathale should "do the right thing" and resign.

Zuma replied that it was only when wrong was discovered that action could be taken.

Read more on:    cassel mathale  |  lindiwe mazibuko  |  jacob zuma  |  polokwane  |  local government  |  government spending

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