DA Limpopo jubilant over MEC Sekoati’s consent over lifestyle audits

SEKHUKHUNE – The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Limpopo has claimed victory over its recent demand that members of the province’s executive be subjected to an independent life-style audit.

This followed claims that Limpopo MEC for Treasury and government business, Seaparo Sekoati, acceded to lifestyle audits, by the DA, to be conducted on the executive.

The opposition made the claims following the virtual provincial government’s sitting on submissions of motions on Tuesday.

On 6 August this year, the DA challenged Limpopo Premier, Chupu Mathabatha, to appoint an independent assessor to conduct the lifestyle audits on the executive.

Risham Maharaj, DA spokesperson in the premier’s office, said finally, after the motion was delivered by the DA in the house, MEC Sekoati acceded to the conducting of the lifestyle audits, with the caveat that it would be conducted internally.

Maharaj said that the audits tested whether the lifestyle of an employee was in line with that person’s known income.

“The audits will be used to hold accountable those who unduly benefit from state’s resources and procurement opportunities. A executive authority should want to conduct annual audits in order to transparent and showcase that they are free from corruption,” said Maharaj.

Maharaj said it was however, a great concern that there was a lack of transparency in minimal levels of agreement with regard to internal audit, which casted a shadow over the legitimacy and transparency of such audits.

“The DA will write to the MEC Sekoati to request that the terms of reference include, but not be limited to, credit searches on the applicant and their immediate family members, criminal record searches, verifying fixed and movable assets, and conducting assets search in the case of undeclared assets, assessing donations, gifts and potential links to executive responsibilities,” said Maharaj.

Thapelo Motseo

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