Northern Cape Speaker not dealing decisively with corruption

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The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has condemned the speaker of the Northern Cape Legislature for failing to deal decisively with fraud and corruption reported by the union.

The union issued a statement on Monday, saying it was disappointed by the Speaker, Kenny Mmoeimang, for not taking their concerns about fraud and corruption seriously.

The Nehawu Secretariat said in their statement that it will be approaching the Northern Cape High Court to seek a declaratory order to force the Speaker of the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature to invoke section 67 (2) of Financial Management of Parliament and Provincial Legislatures Act.

The Secretariat said that it did not believe that the Speaker needed to request legal opinion to investigate allegations of fraud and financial misconduct in the legislature.

The union was responding to the Speaker’s lack of action on allegations they reported to him. According to the statement, they reported allegations in March 2017 and in September 2017. The State Attorney reportedly advised the Speaker in November 2017 to investigate the allegations.

“The Speaker has failed to discharge his obligations in terms of the Constitution and all relevant legislation particularly the Financial Management of Parliament and Provincial Legislatures Act of 2009. For the past year, the only work that the Speaker has been involved in is to progressively protect fraud and corruption at the NCPL. The Speaker has done this in spite of legal advice that he sought from the state attorneys as well as internal legal advice,” the statement said.

“We believe that the Speaker does not need any legal opinion in order to investigate fraud and financial misconduct in the legislature,” the statement said.

 

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