23rd September 2014.
Noting that in July 2014 President Zuma called
for the SIU to conduct an investigation into irregularities at
the KZN Treasury, the IFP in KZN is concerned about the lack of
transparency and feedback on progress on this matter.
"The call by President Zuma was prompted by
serious issues surrounding the spending of tax payers' money on
projects like the International North Sea Jazz Festival,
Commemorating Prisoners of War – St Helena event and the
KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board. Millions of Rands were paid to the
organisers but the project never took place and money was not
recovered,” said IFP Leader in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, Mr
Blessed Gwala, MPL.
“This together with other projects were
considered serious enough for the President to institute this
investigation but almost two months later we have not heard a
whisper from the Premier of the province about progress in this
matter," said Mr Gwala.
"The IFP is concerned about the silence on
such a serious matter where millions Rands of tax payers' money
is unaccounted for but the provincial government remains silent.
We would like to know who is being protected here. It is clear
that a veil of secrecy has been draped over this matter but we
will not rest until the facts have been revealed and all
questions have been answered," continued Mr Gwala.
"We urged the Premier, Senzo Mchunu, not to
wait for the national president to identify cases of suspicious
expenditure but rather to identify and investigate these at
provincial level. The outcomes of the investigations must be
made public," concluded Mr Gwala.
Mr Blessed Gwala, MPL, IFP Leader in the
KwaZulu Natal Legislature, 078 290 5842
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