29 July 2014.
The IFP in the KwaZulu Natal Legislature has
raised its grave concerns about the recent award which was
presented to Mr Simiso Magagula, the Head of Department of
Finance as the best head of department for 2014 in the KZN
Premier's service excellence awards.
"We are very perturbed about the award given
to the head of department in view of the recent proclamation by
President Jacob Zuma authorising the Special Investigating Unit
to probe the mismanagement of finances in the province. This
begs a question of how such people can be rewarded while there
is an investigation in their department," said IFP Leader in the
KZN Legislature, Mr Blessed Gwala.
"The well-being of the state depends on the
proper administration of every department; and justice demands
that wrongful acts must be judged and punished. Reward the good
and punish the guilty," continued Mr Gwala.
"Corrupt officials in any department are
guilty of robbing the people of the province of services that
are due to them. We cannot tolerate the abuse of public funds by
officials no matter what position they hold. The SIU must
complete its investigation without interference and anyone found
guilty must be punished in the full extent of the law,"
concluded Mr Gwala.
Mr Blessed Gwala, Leader of the
IFP, KZN Legislature, 078 290 5842
For Media Enquiries:
IFP KZN Provincial Legislature Media Liaison
Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675