N Cape opposition stay away in protest

2013-05-23 17:01

Bloemfontein - Two Northern Cape opposition parties have stayed away from a provincial budget sitting in Kimberley because it was being attended by two MECs accused of fraud.

The MEC’s continued presence in the legislature and the protection given to them to continue their work as though nothing had happened was an affront to justice, said Democratic Alliance caucus leader Karen de Kock.

"It makes a mockery of our democratic principles," she said.

Social Development MEC Alvin Botes was delivering a budget speech for the very department he allegedly defrauded, said De Kock.

Botes, ANC provincial chairperson and Finance MEC John Block, and provincial ANC heavyweight Yolanda Botha, face charges of alleged fraud involving the Trifecta Group.

Prosecutors allege they were involved in a number of lease agreements with the provincial department of social development in which the rentals, or rental space, were grossly inflated.

The case would be back in court in August.

The DA and Congress of the People stayed away from the sitting.

"It is a mockery of our hard-earned democratic rights to see a man facing serious charges present the budget of the department he allegedly stole from," Cope member Pakes Dikgetsi said.

Legislature spokesperson Mpho Masina said the debate on the social development budget continued despite the parties' absence.

She said the budget speech of the finance and economic development department, which Block would deliver, would continue on Friday morning.

Cope and the DA indicated they would stay away from Block’s presentation and debate.

  • Lucky Luke - 2013-05-23 17:19

    unfortunately if everyone sttod on the same principle there would be very few budget presentations attanded!! i laud their protest, it is a matter of principle.

  • JMaree - 2013-05-23 18:12

    Duarte: "anc doesn't appoint criminals", i guess she also lied, this is becoming the daily norm...

  • Patricia Dewet - 2013-05-23 18:18

    This is a joke, what are they going to do with them. Keep them on the payroll even in jail. Giving speeches but should be in jail, now the ANC is losing the plot.

  • Sean Bagley - 2013-05-23 18:21

    Not even a comic book script could make up the complete villains in character for these crooks:Alvin Botes,John Block, and Yolanda Botha.Just looking at the 3 stooges,all you'll see are toothless jokers trying to look presentable for the media.

  • Adri Bouma - 2013-05-23 18:39

    And that is why the Northern Cape is going down the drain, literally..

  • Cane Corso - 2013-05-23 20:08

    Another National Crises, caused by Another National Crooked bunch of cANCer crony cadre pariah.

  • Christoffel Bouwer Nel - 2013-05-23 21:23

    Nou steel ons beter! Corrupt SA (Pty) Ltd.

  • Léviter Au-dessus des Montagnes-Bleues - 2013-05-24 07:45

    Doing a Zuma? (anything criminal or unethical referred to within a name)

      Robert Sidney - 2013-05-24 08:55

      My, what a cool name. I know - off topic, but I just had to say it.

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