DA leader Mmusi Maimane File picture: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has written to the Gauteng Social Development MEC, Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, seeking answers from her on the department’s missing millions.

DA Gauteng shadow MEC for Social Development, Refiloe Nt’sekhe said provincial officials, who knowingly used “conduits” to bypass the departmental internal systems and transfer tens of millions of rands out of government coffers via NGOs to unregistered organisations, have still not been brought to book.

"The public has a right to know where the process was with regards to the ongoing investigations. When does it conclude, and when and how would the diverted millions be recovered," said Nt’sekhe.

Nt’sekhe said according to the department’s 2016/17 Annual Report, tabled in the Legislature, only two investigations are ongoing. Despite the fact that these conduit payments and transfers to NGOs are against the Public Finance Management Act, the department still received a clean audit.

MEC Mayathula-Khoza has a duty to report to the public and NGOs in order to provide clarity.

Gauteng’s most vulnerable, young, old and disabled residents deserve the truth.

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“It is a shame that money meant for registered NGOs to enable them to deliver much-needed care and services to vulnerable groups in the province is lining the pockets of the greedy and the corrupt".

"We hope that this matter can be resolved speedily and that the web of officials involved are all identified and prosecuted," said Nt’sekhe.

Nt’sekhe said stealing from the poor to feed the rich and corrupted is a grave shame. MEC Mayathula-Koza would do well to come out of hiding from her office and push for faster resolutions on this matter.

However, Gauteng Social Development spokesperson, Mbangwa Xaba said "We are aware of the allegations, we reported the matter of conduits to the court first before anyone. This is just a politically motivated subject." 

- BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE