With tongue in cheek, the IFP notes the
long delayed release of the Booysen Commission Report by the
Office of the KwaZulu-Natal Premier.
The commission was widely expected to
enquire into the reasons and causes of the mismanagement of
state funding in housing. So far, it has largely failed as the
long-awaited report released yesterday is merely interim.
"The interim report raises more
questions than it answers. It admits certain criminal liability
but does not take the argument to its logical conclusion,"
said Dr Lionel Mtshali, MPP, who leads the IFP caucus in the
KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Parliament.
"Coupled with the long delay, its
incomplete conclusions incur tremendous cost to the provincial
treasury on top of the housing scam which it was supposed to
investigate in the first place," said Dr Mtshali.
Last year the people of KwaZulu-Natal
welcomed the appointment of this commission at the height of the
housing scam, exposed by KPMG forensic auditors and cracked by
the Scorpions and the Asset Forfeiture Unit.
Since then, the timing of the release of
its report had turned into a grotesque saga. The initial date
for release in early September 2004 was ignored despite vocal
protests from the IFP.
It appears that the Premier received the
report on November 3, 2004. However, the report only reached the
Provincial Parliament in early February 2005, and saw its
tabling as late as yesterday.
Dr Mtshali also said:
"The IFP believes the core tenets of
democracy are transparency, accountability, and accessible
governance. It was on these principles that the KwaZulu-Natal
Parliament enacted the Commission of Enquiry Act.
"The IFP upheld those principles when
it supported the Act. But in practice, the work of the Booysen
Commission has been a disappointment. The interim report has not
lived up to the expectations raised by the Commission of Enquiry