Cope wants NCape forensic audit released

2010-10-14 13:13

Bloemfontein – A forensic audit into the Northern Cape department of education should be released for discussion as soon as possible, the Congress of the People (Cope) in the province said today.

Cope spokesperson in the Northern Cape legislature, Bella Matthys, said the party had submitted a motion to the Secretary of Provincial Parliament for the audit to be made public.

This comes after the Auditor-General (AG) announced in the National Assembly that Northern Cape had failed yet again to get an unqualified audit on its finances.

Matthys said the party wanted the forensic audit to be made public through the education committee as a matter of urgency due to the damage the management of the department was causing public schools.

“The time has come for someone to take responsibility for education in this province. Year after year we have seen how hundreds of millions of rand go missing without accountability.”

Matthys said education was not a priority in the province because education MEC Grizelda Cjiekella was still missing in action after almost two years in office.

“She has found time to spend weeks away at party political gatherings and trips to New York but has found no time to sort out the education system in the province,” Matthys said in a statement.

Cope also condemned the MEC’s approval of the ANC Youth League’s plans to address matric’s at their farewells in provincial schools.

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