DA concerned about Mathathatha’s silence on Tubatse land saga

With much not being said about the Tubatse land deal that was sold more than its value. The Democratic Alliance (DA) will submit a motion with notice to debate the corrupt land deal in the Legislature.

The party says this is due to concerns over Premier Stan Mathabatha’s inaction and lack of consequence management.
The land deal saw the Limpopo Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (COGHSTA) pay an inflated amount of R116,5m for a piece of land valued at R8,14 million in the Fetakgomo Tubatse Local Municipality, effectively paying R108 million more for the piece of land in 2014.
The former MEC for COGHSTA Makoma Makhurupetje referred the case to the Hawks for an investigation to be conducted and in June 2017 requested the premier to conduct a forensic investigation into the deal and take action against senior department officials.
There was no action and MEC Makhurupetje was subsequently moved to another department.
DA’s Jacque Smalle said despite the case being reported to the Hawks, Mathabatha should have ensured investigations and disciplinary action against the responsible officials for the sake of good governance and accountability.
“Instead he has not taken any action since the deal took place in 2014. This is contrary to the premier’s State of the Province Address where he spoke of the need for municipal leadership to create a culture of honesty, ethical business practices and good governance.
“The premier’s inaction and failure to hold his executive and their officials accountable, shows that he is not serious about fighting corruption and is determined to merely pay lip service to the fight against corruption in this province. Sekhukhune Times failed to get a comment from Limpopo government’s spokesperson  Phuti Seloba at the time of going to print.

Thapelo Motseo

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