31 July 2014.
The IFP in KZN Legislature has blasted the
Provincial Legislature, accusing it of failing its mandate to
hold the executive to account.
"We have asked the following questions of the
MEC for Agriculture, Dr Meshack Radebe last year:
(i) how many tractors were purchased and
supplied to individuals in the past five years and their costs?
(ii) the names of people who were the
recipients of these tractors and areas in which these tractors
are being used?
(iii) what are the costs of servicing and
maintenance of the tractors?
(iv) are there contracts that the recipients
have signed with the Department and when were the contracts
handed over to them?
(v) how are these tractors benefiting
Up to now the Department has not responded to
these questions," said IFP Leader in KZN Legislature, Mr Blessed
"There is no doubt that the role of
the Legislature has been weakened over the past years as the
executive seeks to stamp its authority and dominance on the
policy and law-making process. The standing rules of the
Legislature are very clear in stipulating time frames for
replies to questions that require oral or written responses, but
these rules are flouted at will by MECs,” said Mr Gwala.
"It is the duty of the MECs to account to the
Legislature for their policies, decisions and actions. I will be
writing to the Speaker to request that all our questions to the
Agriculture MEC Cyril Xaba be put to him at the next written
reply session," continued Mr Gwala.
"Agriculture MEC Cyril Xaba must be held
accountable and must know that he cannot prevent South Africans
from knowing the truth about wasteful expenditure in his
department. We will continue to do everything possible to shed
light on this politically-motivated expenditure. The MEC, Cyril
Xaba should prevent this unnecessary conflict and provide
Legislature with answers," concluded Gwala.
Mr Blessed Gwala, Leader of the
IFP, KZN Legislature, 078 290 5842
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