Premier Modise vows to uproot corruption syndicates
2 Sep 2012North West Premier Thandi Modise has vowed that her administration will pursue corruption syndicates involving politician, officials and contractors relentlessly until those who are looting state resources are behind bars and their properties repossessed.
Premier Modise was responding to complaints of incomplete housing, roads, sanitation and high mast lights projects for which payments were made running into hundreds of millions. These allegations were by members of the public at the Exco Public Participation Programme held at Oukasie Sports Ground outside Brits on Saturday.
“We have declared war against corruption and will not leave any stone unturned. The syndicate of corruption that is masquerading as leaders while they use their positions to line their pockets with resources meant to improve the lives of our people should know that we will not spare any effort until we rid our institutions of corruption. We cannot shy away from the fact that corruption hampers service delivery to our people.” the Premier assured thousands who were at the Public Participation programme.
Ward committee members singled out factionalism and corruption as major factors contributing towards the dysfunctional state in Madibeng Local municipality and said that these accounted for the absence of leadership of the municipality from the interactive engagement with the Premier and members of Exco.
Jomo Molebatsa, of Letlhabile ward 9, is one of the community members who amplified this concern to Premier Modise.
He said that they need high mass light that will reduce high rate of crime is his community and that they also want government to assist young people with project targeted to them to reduce unemployment amongst the youth.
“We have serious problem of leadership and service delivery in general, our roads are in bad condition. Many young people are struggling because there are no jobs for them,” he said also adding that government must assist them with youth empowerment project.
MEC for Local Government and Traditional Affairs, China Dodovu clarified that the provincial government has taken steps to appoint an administrator as part of its intervention through provision of Section 139(1) (b) of the constitution.
MEC Dodovu expressed optimism that the process will be taken forward after the Ministerial Task Team appointed by Minister of Corporate Governance and Traditional Affairs, Richard Baloyi to investigate allegations of maladministration and corruption concludes its investigation in the next two weeks.
Lesiba Moses Kgwele
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Issued by: North West Office of the Premier
2 Sep 2012
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