Two reports kept secret despite minister’s assurance

2012-07-02 13:27

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Richard Baloyi has become embroiled in a year-long fight by members of the provincial legislature and opposition parties in the Free State to release the contents of two reports about alleged maladministration, corruption and financial irregularities at the Matjhabeng municipality.

Baloyi said the reports – The Selesho Commission Report and the Ramathe Fivaz Report – were “accessible to the public” in a written reply to questions from Darryl Worth, DA member of the National Council of Provinces in the Free State.

But the Matjhabeng municipality has a different view.

Kgojane Matutle, spokesperson for the municipality, said if the reports were released it would jeopardise the police investigation.

He said the recommendations of the two reports “are being implemented”.

“The reports will also be made public as soon as the criminal and disciplinary processes are concluded,” said Matutle.

Piet Botha, a DA councillor at the municipality, said “it appears that either Boloyi was given wrong information about the reports or he was misled.

He said when he requested the reports after receiving Boloyi’s response, the municipal manager – German Ramathebane – said the information was “very sensitive”.

The Ramathe Fivaz Report followed an investigation commissioned by the municipality and has been kept secret for almost two years.

The Selesho report followed an investigation commissioned by the provincial department of cooperative governance and traditional affairs.

Senne Bogatsu, spokesperson for the department, said the report was presented to council and was supposed to be tabled and made public by the council.

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