Search continues for North West’s missing mining millions

2013-09-27 08:50

The quest of the North West provincial standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) to trace millions of missing rands in mining royalties continues after it emerged Premier Thandi Modise could not shed light on the matter.

After failing to get any answers from several MECs, Scopa summoned the premier to a committee sitting in Brits yesterday.

In a statement issued after the sitting, Modise said she would “call on all the officials implicated in the matter to appear before Scopa to have a frank and honest discussion on the matter”.

She vowed to “get to the bottom of the issue”.

Mining companies have since apartheid years been paying royalties due to about 100 traditional council administrations on whose land they were mining. These monies were, however, deposited into a trust account known as the “D-Account” which is now administrated by the North West government.

It recently emerged the account has not been audited in the past 19 years or since it was taken over by the democratic government.

One of the tribal communities that seem to have suffered an injustice was the Bapo ba Mogale near Brits who had almost nothing to show for hundreds of millions deposited by mining companies to their name.

The Bapo people live in a number of underdeveloped villages around Brits and towards Marikana where Lonmin has its operations.

The community has previously urged Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to investigate allegations that their millions have landed in the wrong hands when it could have improved lives in their villages.

Lonmin reported to Scopa recently it had deposited R372.9 million into the “D-Account” due to Bapo ba Mogale who had little knowledge of this wealth.

It emerged in one of the previous Scopa sittings that R151 million had been withdrawn from D-Account in the name of the Bapo community since January 2013. This came as a shock to the community who said they could not show anything for it.

It has raised fears that millions, of if not hundreds of millions, could have vanished from the account.

Modise has since initiated a forensic investigation into the D-Account, which was also investigated by Madonsela.

The premier urged Scopa to once again get the provincial departments of finance and local government and traditional affairs to give detailed reports on their roles in the management of D-Account.

North West Scopa chairperson Patrick Chauke said his committee would continue in its pursuit to help uncover any wrongdoing.

“The committee’s role is to assist the executive by making sure that they are accountable for the public purse appropriated to them. Our worry is that there are people who have no remorse and are continuing to misuse the funds,” he said.

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