SLAMMED: Colleagues have roundly criticised Premier Thandi Modise. PICTURE: ELVIS NTOMBELA
Members of the provincial legislature from all political parties united in expressing their displeasure at Premier Thandi Modise’s state of the province address.
In their response to Modise’s address members dismissed the speech as a mere rehash onfselected issues done by various departments in the past without necessarily laying the groundwork for the coming year.
Top among their concerns was the premier’s silence on promises made in the past, her inaction on members of her executive facing damaging allegations or those implicated in financial misuse.
Hoffman Galeng of the ANC said: “The province was promised 10 priority roads last year and we would have appreciated being updated on the progress. If there were problems with this commitment, the premier should have taken the people of the province into her confidence.”
He also cited the silence around the protracted issue of the Koster-Lichtenburg road, now set to cost more than R200m against the initial contract value of R97m.
Galeng hinted that rampant corruption was likely to bring governance to its knees.
“Ours is a government bleeding from the effects of fraud and corruption in high offices.”
Cope provincial leader Nikiwe Num said: “We call for an audit of the performance of MECs. We demand the immediate release of MECs who are not responding to the call of being servant leaders and are driven by status and authority.”
The DA’s Chris Hattingh said it was embarrassing that Modise did not allude to serious issues implicating members of her cabinet.
“At least four MECs have clouds over their heads. One is accused of murder, the other admitted guilt in the misappropriation of R174000 of taxpayers’ funds for her own personal trip and two others are under scrutiny for flouting supply chain procedures in conflict with the Public Management Finance Act in their efforts to get rid of senior officials spending more than R15m,” he said.
The MECs are China Dodovu, Mosetsanagape Mokomele-Mothibi, Louisa Mabe and Paul Sebegoe respectively.
Thediye Moerane of the UCDP also indicated that governance had all but collapsed.
Modise is expected to respond to the concerns raised today.