Opposition parties want Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha to account for alleged corruption in his office. This follows a raid on the Premier’s offices by the Hawks on Friday. They’re investigating officials suspected of colluding with service providers to charge inflated rates for international trips. A flight ticket, for example, would cost the provincial government five times the normal price.
The Hawks are set to pounce on procurement officials in the Limpopo Premier’s office and opposition parties say that the Premier too, should be held to account. Democratic Alliance (DA) Provincial leader, Jacques Smalle, says that none of those trips could have happened without Mathabatha’s
“He is the Chief Executive Officer that signs off all of these trips. None of them can and will happen without his knowledge and if there is any sort of malfunction or mismanagement, he is part of that. Therefore, he must be held accountable, he must take responsibility.”
According to the DA, It is alleged that Premier Mathabatha has deliberately opted to keep this internal report which contains allegations of nepotism, collusion and tender irregularities as well as the abuse of power by officials in his office under wraps.
“As the Accounting Officer, Premier Mathabatha cannot distance himself from any maladministration or exorbitant costs.
“The DA believes that the raid compromises the image of the entire office due to Mathabatha’s lack of leadership and unwillingness to take action against corrupt officials and politicians implicated in various scandals such as VBS Mutual Bank, tender irregularities, irregular and wasteful expenditure, financial mismanagement and corruption in various municipalities and departments,” Smalle added.