11th August 2014.
The IFP calls for the urgent suspension of the
newly elected head of the Eastern Cape Treasury, Marion
Mbina-Mthembu. She is implicated in the Nelson Mandela funeral
scandal and has not undergone a security screening since 2011 after being the head of department.
"The MEC of Treasury, Mr. Sakhumzi Somyo, has
to explain how he came to appoint a person who has admitted to
not following proper procurement processes when authorising the
release of money intended to help with Nelson Mandela's memorial
service. Ms. Mbina-Mthembu claims to have trusted the MEC
responsible for organising the memorial service, so that resulted
in her not following procedure. We cannot allow a situation
where corrupt individuals are rewarded with lucrative job
opportunities because it means they will continue to
misappropriate funds in the name of trust," said IFP
spokesperson on Finance, Ms Sibongile Nkomo,
demand that Marion Mbina-Mthembu undergos a security clearance
process, failing which she must vacate her position. She must be
suspended pending the investigation by the George Fivaz Forensic
and Risk Investigators, as she was tasked to oversee and monitor
the payments of funds on the matter of Madiba's memorial
service," continued Nkomo.
"The Eastern Cape Premier must also provide
answers about how the concerned head of department was awarded
with a five year contract. By employing her they are rewarding her
corrupt actions, which flies in the face of claims made by
government that they are fighting corruption - it is a case of
rewarding corruption" concluded Nkomo.
Ms Sibongile Nkomo, IFP
Spokesperson on Finance 076 553 1240