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Premier must quit, says Limpopo opposition

2012-01-25 22:01

Polokwane  - Opposition parties in Limpopo are planning to use constitutional means to force Premier Cassel Mathale to resign after the auditor general's 2011 report revealed that the province incurred R2.7bn in unauthorised expenditure under his administration.

Provincial Congress of the people (Cope) chairperson Solly Mokhashoa called on Mathale and his MECs to resign and account for the expenditure.

"We know of companies associated with Mathale that have benefited from unauthorised expenditure in the province.

"We call for him to make the honourable decision and submit his resignation as premier of the province, or else we will use available constitutional means to force him to resign," Mokhashoa told African Eye News Service (AENS) on Wednesday.

He said finance MEC Pravin Gordhan must fast-track the forensic auditors' investigation into the province's unauthorised expenditure.

"It has never happened before in the province that five departments are placed under administration by the national government. Why does it happen under Mathale? He should resign," he said.

Last year December Gordhan placed five Limpopo departments under administration, namely education, public works, roads and transport, finance and the sister departments health and social development.

"Three of the five departments are led by the premier’s cronies and members of the top executive of the ANC in the province.

Service delivery is compromised and ordinary citizens are taken for granted, denied their basic rights enshrined in the constitution," Mokhashoa said.

Democratic Alliance provincial leader Desiree van der Walt said: "If the report leaks from senior government officials have any factual basis, then one thing becomes very clear and it is that Mathale must resign as the premier of Limpopo."

Van der Walt said the buck stopped with Mathale as the political leader of the province.

"Therefore, [he must] take political responsibility for the financial chaos in Limpopo and resign.

Abuse of power

Mathale is reported to have abused his position as premier to force his executive to prioritise infrastructure projects that would benefit companies with links to him and his political cohorts at the expense of other government’s service delivery operations.

"In fact, some of these companies are said to have been paid every second day in contravention of the supply management laws which prescribe a 30-day period for payments to service providers," said Van der Walt.

She said the supply management laws were put in place for a reason and one of them was to make sure that government pays for services actually rendered.

"With this revelation it is now evident that our public coffers were reduced to a cookie jar for Mathale and his political associates.

"To make sure that graft went unnoticed, Mathale consistently purged the government of civil servants who spoke out against corruption, reportedly issuing golden handshakes to at least 10 senior officials he perceived as disloyal," added Van der Walt.

She said under Mathale, unauthorised expenditure rose from R1.5bn in 2009 to R2.7bn in 2011.

Accountability

"If Mathale is unwilling to go, then the ANC as a political party must get rid of him. Failure to do so indicates tacit approval for corruption, or at least a failure to understand its seriousness.

"If Mathale does not resign, the DA will pursue every available constitutional means to make sure that he accounts for this mess," she said.

Provincial ANC spokesperson Makonde Mathivha said the provincial structure of the ANC fully supported Mathale and his administration.

"Sometimes people say things they don't understand. The R2.7bn unauthorised expenditure will be regularised as soon as parliament re-opens because it was used for projects that needed quick intervention.

"For example, people in Vhembe refused to vote until they had electricity and water, so we had to intervene and give them those services which were not budgeted for.

"There is value for money in such projects," said Mathivha.

He added that such projects included addressing natural disasters which were not budgeted for in the province.

Comments
  • Myancmyfuture - 2012-01-25 22:07

    Its not often that I agree with opposition and i see no reason not to this time around

      John - 2012-01-26 21:59

      It starts with the CORRUPTION OF THE MIND; Kasrils, a white communist from USSR, comes and tells the Black People of South Africa that Barbarism and Savagery = stealing and killing, is OK against the Whites. Just that you do not call it stealing and killing, you call it the LIBERATION STRUGGLE. And the whole FALSE STORY is called the national democratic revolution, ndr. Than comes the CORRUPTION OF THE MORALS. Since 1982 Gorbachov who became PRESIDENT OF USSR, denounced communism and the ndr as a FAILURE. But the SA Communist Party and the ANC don't believe him. By 1987 the Chinese Communist Party was reforming AWAY from communism and the ndr, stating that China was 50 years behind Hong Kong. But the SA Communist Party and the ANC don't believe Hu Jintao. The India Government ABANDONS socialism/communism towards FREE MARKET REFORMS. But the SA Communist Party and the ANC don't believe them. They sent 3 guys to Moscow in + - 1993 to find out what is happening. The now Russians ex-communist officials laugh at their naive belief in the false communist propaganda. the SA Communist Party and its puppet the ANC, still hold on to false communist lies. Than comes the FINANCIAL CORRUPTION. Anc = Association of National Criminals, Abortion Murder Genocide. Destroying South Africa since 1957.

      John - 2012-01-26 21:59

      It starts with the CORRUPTION OF THE MIND; Kasrils, a white communist from USSR, comes and tells the Black People of South Africa that Barbarism and Savagery = stealing and killing, is OK against the Whites. Just that you do not call it stealing and killing, you call it the LIBERATION STRUGGLE. And the whole FALSE STORY is called the national democratic revolution, ndr. Than comes the CORRUPTION OF THE MORALS. Since 1982 Gorbachov who became PRESIDENT OF USSR, denounced communism and the ndr as a FAILURE. But the SA Communist Party and the ANC don't believe him. By 1987 the Chinese Communist Party was reforming AWAY from communism and the ndr, stating that China was 50 years behind Hong Kong. But the SA Communist Party and the ANC don't believe Hu Jintao. The India Government ABANDONS socialism/communism towards FREE MARKET REFORMS. But the SA Communist Party and the ANC don't believe them. They sent 3 guys to Moscow in + - 1993 to find out what is happening. The now Russians ex-communist officials laugh at their naive belief in the false communist propaganda. the SA Communist Party and its puppet the ANC, still hold on to false communist lies. Than comes the FINANCIAL CORRUPTION. Anc = Association of National Criminals, Abortion Murder Genocide. Destroying South Africa since 1957.

      John - 2012-01-26 22:00

      Zuzuma Jesus loves you, Zuzuma, Your mother loves you, Zuzuma, Your father loves, Repent, Manpara, repent, Repent, Ignorant, repent, Repent, Negligent, repent, Repent, Liar, repent, Repent, Thief, repent, Repent, Baby Killer, repent, Repent, Genocider, repent! Okai, stop the bus, how can you say that? Lets have a look: Zuma is Ignorant that the Failed Communist Countries like the USSR, China, Vietnam, Cuba, etc, employed Central Control Economies ( CCE ), with full and total nationalization. Negligent - as the head of an organization, it is his duty to be fully informed of the economic history of total disasters of CCE. He does not know that Gorbachov announced reforms away from nationalization – in the early 1980’s! He is a Liar, because these are not his ideas, these ideas have been around for over 100 years. Thief, he has stolen the PEOPLES money – that is how bribery and corruption works. Baby Killer, as a member of the ANC – Abortion Murder Genocide, is guilty of the Genocide of 800 000 black babies in government hospitals! Genocider, as a member of the ANC – Abortion Murder Genocide, is guilty of the Genocide of 5 Million Aids sufferers which were refused medication. Repent, Manpara, Repent!

  • Mark - 2012-01-25 22:17

    Please do not resign Mathale. We want you to be arrested at your post and drummed off to gaol in ignominy, you unspeakably corrupt excuse for a living organism!

  • Hotkop - 2012-01-25 22:38

    Oh, that's Malema's best buddy! Equally corrupt!

  • Robbie - 2012-01-25 22:39

    Just another incompetent politician who should be sent to jail - criminals - nothing more, nothing less! Just like the ANC - incompetent to the nth degree. Another sad day in SA. Another proud moment for the ANC.

  • Dan - 2012-01-26 03:15

    What else do you expect of these corrupt politicians . Corruption, nepotism , incompetence is the standard rather than the exception. We will strike , toy toy and burn assets , but Bra Cassel can let R2.7 Billion dissipear , without toy toy ing ???He only took a page out of the book of bra Jacob . this country is worse than nigeria

  • Odicito - 2012-01-26 06:45

    "There is value for money in such projects," said Mathivha Publicly admitting to buying votes!?!

  • ludlowdj - 2012-01-26 08:49

    Quit........! are you serious, the days of quitting and getting massive hand outs while never being held accountable for what you have misspent and stolen should by now be long gone. Fire the bastard, and vote the ANC out of power.

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-01-26 09:19

    Solly Mokhashoa a.k.a General Zozo hardly has anyone agreeing with him on any issue ,but this time around there is consesus for a change

  • Mike - 2012-01-26 11:56

    What is his favourite tennis shot? BACKHAND of course.

  • Mfudzi - 2012-01-27 18:38

    john, move away from spouting gibberish.u are more than mature for such shallow comment

  • Baggio Phathutshedzo Luvhengo - 2012-01-28 22:41

    is it finance mec or minister pls guys accuracy

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