14 August 2017 Read: 201
The DA has today submitted an application, in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA), to the Greater Tzaneen Municipality’s Speaker, Dikeledi Mmetle, to immediately release the KPMG report which has been swept under the carpet since 2015 to protect senior officials implicated therein.
The report was supposed to have been discussed in a Special Council meeting on the 21 December 2016 but the meeting was postponed on numerous occasions till date.
The KPMG forensic report was then referred to the Municipal Public Accounts Committee (MPAC) by Council to deliberate on it.
In another Special meeting in April 2017, the Speaker instructed that all confidential documents regarding the KPMG forensic report be collected with immediate effect as it was not on the agenda.
She further threatened to instigate investigations against officials who distributed the documents in the council meeting.
The DA believes these deliberate delaying tactics portrayed by the ANC-led administration on releasing and implementing the recommendations of this report is a clear indication that they want to protect the corrupt senior officials implicated.
The Municipal Systems Act is very clear that the Municipal Council has a duty to exercise the municipality's executive and legislative authority without favour or prejudice that promotes accountable government.
The Speaker has about 30 days to respond to our PAIA application which she should provide answers about her delaying tactics to release the report as well as timeframe on implementing the findings.
The DA will not stand back and allow the ANC-led administration to continue to raid the public purse instead of directing the money towards service delivery.