MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


IFPYB Writes to Public Protector

10 January 2014  

  

Earlier today (Friday, 10 January 2014) IFPYB National Chairperson, Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP, sent a letter to the Public Protector, Adv. Thuli Madonsela regarding the delay in the investigation into the NYDA 2010 “kissing festival” which cost the South African taxpayer R106 million. 

 

Hlengwa said “We have taken the unusual step to write to the Public Protector because we feel that the matter is now long overdue. We are now compelled to request the Public Protector to use her powers of subpoena to access all the outstanding information from the NYDA and other relevant stakeholders to enable her to conclude the matter.” 

 

“We emphasise that we respect the independence of the Public Protector and therefore we approach her with a view to fast track her work and if need be to enable us to explore other available avenues to investigate this matter. It is our view that in light of the time that has passed since we launched the complaint the Public Protector owes us some form of explanation so that we can help her deal with the bottlenecks, challenges and hindrances.” Added Hlengwa.

  

Hereunder is a copy of the letter sent to the Public Protector:

 

ADV. THULI MADONSELA  

The Public Protector 

Private Bag X677 

Pretoria 

0001 

 

Friday, 10 January 2014 

 

RE: YOUR INVESTIGATION INTO THE NYDA 

 

Madam,

  

I hope this letter finds you well. 

 

On Friday, 04 November 2011 I wrote to you requesting a meeting to discuss prospects of investigating the “matter of the National Youth Development Agency’s financial involvement in the 17th World Festival of Youth and Students.”; where the NYDA allegedly financed this festival (which is now notoriously known as the “kissing festival”) to the tune of +/- R106 million of public money. 

 

Your office responded 01 February 2012 advising that you had “commenced with an investigation of allegations of the misappropriation of public funds…” 

 

On 31 January 2013 my office enquired, on my behalf from your office, on the progress made in this investigation; of which the response on 01 February 2013 was 

 

“It is indeed progressing, although its conclusion was delayed due to the excessive workload and lack of sufficient capacity of the Public Protector South Africa, and specifically of the Branch: Good Governance and Integrity, that is responsible for the investigation. The Public Protector has appointed FSG Forensics, an independent forensic investigation entity, to assist her in the investigation in order to expedite its conclusion. Currently, the investigators are awaiting a response from the CEO of the NYDA to a request for further information and documentation, which we hope to receive soon and which will enable us to finalise the investigation. 

 

We will provide you with a copy of the Provisional Report of the Public Protector on the investigation, as soon as it is issued, to enable you to submit any comments or further inputs that Mr Hlengwa may wish to make.” 

 

Since then I have not received any formal correspondence in terms of the progress of the investigation. 

  

I have noted some of the media utterances made by your office to the effect that the NYDA is not cooperating with your office in conducting your investigation. 

 

Whilst I appreciate the good work that you do of safeguarding the public purse from unscrupulous people and entities. I am compelled to register my grave concern about the inordinate delay in bringing this particular matter to finality. 

 

I therefore write to you to re-emphasise the urgency of this matter. I would strongly appreciate a progress report in this regard detailing fully the dynamics and challenges you are experiencing in concluding this investigation. 

 

I impress on you to enforce your subpoena and search and seizure powers to force the NYDA and other entities to provide the outstanding information. 

 

Yours in Freedom and Democracy, 

 

(signed) 

 

MKHULEKO HLENGWA MP 

IFP Youth Brigade National Chairperson

 

 

 

For further information, please contact: 

MKHULKEO HLENGWA 

IFPYB National Chairperson 

083 871 2711