DURBAN - KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala said all resources allocated for flood relief and the recovery and rebuilding process will be utilised in a manner which shows accountability, transparency and openness.
Zikalala was speaking on Sunday during a briefing on the interventions made to date since the catastrophic floods swept through the province.
“We want to emphasise the fact that, having learnt the lessons of Covid-19, no amount of corruption, maladministration and fraud will be tolerated or associated with this province,” he said.
He was referring to government spending related to the Covid-19 pandemic, in which the auditor-general had found there had been misuse and mismanagement of the funds.
He said the KZN government would like to assure communities that the funds issued to deal with the aftermath of the flooding will be used in accordance with the needs of the province.
“No one will be allowed to feast on the suffering of our people in order to line their pockets,” said Zikalala.
The premier said quality work which offers value for money will be done.
“We have monitoring institutions that are in place including the auditor-general. We will act decisively without fear, favour or prejudice on anyone taking advantage of the resources meant to assist the needy communities.
“We want to say without any equivocation that all the resources allocated for flood relief and the recovery and rebuilding process will be utilised in line with fiscal rectitude, accountability, transparency and openness,” said Zikalala.