RTI report ‘missing’

2015-07-29 11:17
RTI KZN recruits (Amanda Khoza, News24)

RTI KZN recruits (Amanda Khoza, News24)

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THE RTI Commission of Inquiry report could not be tabled for public oversight yesterday because the KZN Legislature’s speaker’s office “couldn’t find it”.

The commission’s report, which cost several million rand to complete and investigated the deadly RTI recruitment drive attended by more than 35 000 people in December 2012 leaving eight dead and scores hospitalised, was expected to be discussed for the first time by the transport portfolio committee yesterday.

The commission finalised its work in June 2014 before handing it to KZN Premier Senzo Mchunu. Mchunu then handed the report to the KZN legislature speaker’s office after his 2015 State of the Province address.

Committee chairperson Thomas Kaunda said despite the report being handed to the KZN Legislature speaker’s office it was “not there”. “We have tried our best [to find it],” he said.

Kaunda was instructed by the committee to meet with the speaker’s office to find the missing report.

DA MPL Rafeek Shah said he found it unacceptable that a report submitted by the “leader of this province to the leader of this house” could not be found.

“For us to now hear that it was all a big confusion and that this report is not with Parliament is absolutely unacceptable and gross negligence. We haven’t even had a summary of this report yet we are expected to interrogate this. It is disrespect to this committee and disrespectful to the constitution,” said Shah.

His sentiment was shared by ANC and IFP MPLs.

Coincidentally KZN Transport MEC Willies Mchunu was also present at the committee meeting.

He gave a brief overview of the report, which The Witness obtained through a Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) application last year. Mchunu said criminal charges might still be brought against officials involved in the December 2012 incident.

“We were also ordered, by the commission, to institute internal disciplinary processes. Before we can proceed [with the disciplinary] I must inform the premier tomorrow [Wednesday] and then it must be tabled before cabinet. On our side the department has done what was required of it by the commission,” said Mchunu.

He said they hoped to have their new recruitment policy completed by December.

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