DA orders Gauteng lifestyle audits

By Drum Digital
01 April 2015

The decision to overlook ANC Chief Whip's lifestyle habits has the DA calling for audits in Gauteng

The country's main opposition party the Democratic Alliance (DA) has ordered that lifestyle audits be conducted on all party representatives serving in the Gauteng legislature.

IOLNews reports that this comes after a decision made by the legislature not to investigate ANC's Chief Whip Brian Hlongwa who did not declare a trip to Cuba and other gifts he had received in 2014.

It is alleged that Hlongwa obtained the gifts from the Gauteng Health MEC and that his funders were in charge of Health Department tenders that raked in millions.

The decision was reportedly taken by by integrity commissioner of the legislature, Ralph Mgijima, because the matter has been deferred to a High Court hearing in Johannesburg  but a date has not been set yet.

The Gauteng spokesperson on health for the DA Jack Bloom is not happy about the decision.

“I am disappointed that the integrity commissioner did not ask Hlongwa to reply to any of the allegations,” said Bloom as quoted by the site.

In light of this, Bloom has asked for lifestyle audits be conducted so politicians could make their interests known.

“Lifestyle audits should be considered to check whether elected representatives are being truthful when they declare their financial interests every year," he told the site.

“This highlights the weakness of the system where little verification is done of the financial interests that are declared annually by each member of the legislature,” he concluded.

Bloom's call is yet to be answered by the legislature.

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