DA plans new motion against Mathale

2013-06-19 13:59

Johannesburg - The DA plans to file another motion of no confidence against Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale after reports of alleged travel abuse on Wednesday.

"Tomorrow [Thursday], the DA will make a formal appeal to the speaker, Rudolph Phala, to review his refusal to allow a DA motion of no confidence against Premier Mathale to be debated," said Democratic Alliance Limpopo legislature caucus leader Desiree van der Walt in a statement.

On Wednesday, The Star reported that Mathale allegedly spent thousands of rands flying "short" distances in chartered helicopters. Last month, he spent R60 000 travelling 161km, according to the newspaper.

"We believe that the speaker now has no choice but to allow the no-confidence debate to remove premier Mathale in the light of ongoing abuses," said Van der Walt.

In May, the African National Congress caucus in the Limpopo legislature rejected an attempt to debate a motion of no confidence in Mathale. The motion came after five provincial government departments were placed under administration because of corruption and gross violation of the Public Finance Management Act.

Mathale was stripped of his position as ANC provincial chairman when the party's national executive committee decided to disband the provincial executive committee in April. A task team had since run the party in the province.

Mathale also allegedly rented a helicopter for a 200km trip between Polokwane and Musina in January, costing R82 000.

Limpopo government spokesperson Tebatso Mabitsela confirmed to the publication that Mathale spent taxpayers' money on the two helicopter trips.

Mabitsela said it was impossible for Mathale to travel between the two places due to the distance and time pressure. He said the premier had to attend two "important occasions" last month.

The Star reported that Mathale was driven to Ga-Mashashane village from Polokwane to open the provincial house of traditional leaders.

Thereafter, he flew to Elim near Louis Trichardt, about 100km from Polokwane, to join his MECs at a public participation meeting, Mabitsela said.

Van der Walt said the money could have been better used.

"The money Premier Mathale blows on helicopter flights could have been used to purchase textbooks, increase norms and standard funds to schools or provide water and proper sanitation for the citizens of Limpopo."

  • FarmerJoe - 2013-06-19 14:11

    cANCer is almost terminal, but hey let's vote them in again. give him another chance

      Ken O'Connell - 2013-06-19 14:26

      Amazing, isn't it. He couldn't (or his people) organise two occasions where he could drive to them. No, he had to be flown to them, so he could pose and show his power, and the excuse was time!

      Omge Klits - 2013-06-19 14:47

      That's R372 per km - now we know why the ANC think its OK to suddenly make people pay R500 + per moth in toll fees - money that they don't have unless they start cutting on other basic necessities.

  • Jason Hepple - 2013-06-19 14:21

    So you're going to continue the sexist comments then....??

  • Charles Alfonso - 2013-06-19 14:31

    This man has no dignity. He has stuffed up this province so badly.Has had several departments placed under administartion and yet is still leader of the ANC in the province. The right thing to have done Mr. Mathale was to have resigned several months ago. Better still President Zuma, if you were concerned about good governance in the ANC you would have fired this turd a long time ago. On second thoughts, leave him where is. He must surely be costing you potential votes the longer he remains in the position.

      Richard Scully - 2013-06-20 05:18

      That is useless Zuma for you

  • Kortbroek Du Plessis - 2013-06-19 14:37

    Disgusting stuff that defies belief.

  • Jomo Jeremy Ubissie - 2013-06-19 14:41

    Why should this be an issue, I a chopper is chartered for the benefit of those whom mathale was visiting why should be an outcry for DA. Find the reason why the chopper was rented for. Weeks back D Mabuza also use chopper to visit some villages; would MPuma DA also pass. A motion of no confidence. In this case limpopo DA you are the weakest link.

      JMaree - 2013-06-19 15:54

      shame man, are you ok?

  • Moreole Gabriel - 2013-06-19 14:46

    I dont think this stupid premier knows that there's a serious shortage of water in his province , resulting in people suffering.

  • Al Loots - 2013-06-19 14:49

    Just look at the swine at the trough.

      Charles Alfonso - 2013-06-19 14:54

      Just been diagnosed with swine flu. Going home to bed. Must be the fault of the ANC. No other explanation. Feel so sick!

  • Denelene Sederstroom - 2013-06-19 15:05

    Guys what do u think when u put DA in the field,u think the 1st 11 can be amixture or only white pple?am just asking coz what i see here is Van what.only Beor names.sorry hallo.

      Dee Bone - 2013-06-19 15:42

      Den(s)elene again

  • Fillas Fedrick Maluleke - 2013-06-19 15:12

    DA is against ANC members

      Al Loots - 2013-06-19 15:16

      And cANCer is against everybody else.

  • Jason Hepple - 2013-06-19 15:19

    What does that matter?? He's wasting our tax money that is supposed to be better used aiding the country and it's people. So why does it matter that she has an Afrikaans surname?? So according to your statement we should just let this useless politician squander money on helicopter trips to travel 200km at best... Why not ask the question... Why can he and his office not plan his appointments to allow him the time to reach them by vehicle?? 200km in a blue light brigade couldn't take more than 90 minutes!?? The answer... Complete incompetence!!

  • Jason Hepple - 2013-06-19 15:31

    @Karabo... So the same DA that just suspended a MP for racist comments distributed via email... Is protecting racists!? Is that how you plan to confirm that DA is protecting racists??? Because I can confirm that the leadership of the ANC is supporting corruption... Travelgate, Inkandlagate, Limpopo Province, Arms Deal, Zimbabwe... Etc, etc ad nauseam!!

      Karabo Phetoane - 2013-06-19 16:36

      it was a PA stunt,we really know what they are!

  • Lynne Barker - 2013-06-19 15:35

    Wasting money like that is CRIMINAL. He must be fired from his job, not suspended on full pay for the next few years

  • Philemonmaepa Phatlane - 2013-06-19 16:21

    Mathale is wasting a lot of tax money.At Riba cross Makgemeng near Burgersfort we share water with animals at the river

      Al Loots - 2013-06-19 17:02

      Make sure you vote for them again.

  • Richard Scully - 2013-06-19 16:31

    C'mon where are all the ANC supporters blaming the whites and apartheid because you don't have educated children

      Mdu Vilakazi - 2013-06-19 17:01

      What are you trying to say?

      Al Loots - 2013-06-19 17:01

      Hypocrites, agreed.

      Richard Scully - 2013-06-20 06:17

      Billions wasted while no text books or classrooms or toilets for your children..ANC must hate their children

  • Karabo Phetoane - 2013-06-19 17:47

    I will vote for the ANC no matter what,I still hope we gonna have good leadership as much as I had hope that they were gonna liberate us one day of which they did.

  • Albert Martin - 2013-06-19 17:54


  • Brian Bagnall - 2013-06-19 18:18

    Now we Know why the Limpopo Province is bankrupt. The Limpopo provice is is a shambles and its know wonder that we have so many unemployed. Its time that this so called goverment gets rid of the crap.

  • Jason Hepple - 2013-06-19 18:29

    Proof Karabo... Where's your proof! I showed mine where is your proof??

      Karabo Phetoane - 2013-06-19 18:39

      The Anc is not about one person I've learned this through a period of time,I can now go anywhere I want not being harassed and being demanded a permit,I can have my vote to anyone I prefer not being told who vote for,to me that is very important and I value that.

      Cathy De Jongh - 2013-06-19 20:09

      Life is a process of progress - if a river does not flow it dies, and everything around it is poisoned.

  • Jason Hepple - 2013-06-19 18:32

    Liberated you to what?? To a life of crime, corruption, etc... Cause that all that's happened

  • Rob Tubbs - 2013-06-19 18:36

    161 k's - works out I think at R372.00 +- per kilometer. Tax payers money right... Attending 'important occasions' - KFC 'freebie'....

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