Maimane Calls For Accountability
One South Africa Movement's leader, Mmusi Maimane has expressed his concern about the R430 million spent by the Gauteng Education Department to deep clean schools. He says that One SA will not hesitate to take legal action if irregularities are found in investigations surrounding this.
The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) has allegedly spent R431 million on the decontamination of schools in the province over a period of three months.
After being asked to release a report detailing how and why so much money has been spent to deep clean schools in the province the department released a report which listed what the money was used for.
It was found that a lot of money was allocated to different companies for tenders to disinfect schools and the amounts of money spent is now being questioned by the One South Africa Movement.
One SA's leader Mmusi Maimane says that Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has failed to answer questions regarding the directorship of the respective companies that were awarded with tenders, why they have been paid so much money and why some companies have received multiple payments.
Maimane says that the inflated pricing for sanitization of schools, such as paying R250 000 to sanitize one school, is concerning.
He says that if there are irregularities found after investigating the processes for procurement of these tenders, then legal action will be taken against those involved.
"It cannot be that South African's money is wasted, I mean this is R400 million and this money could have been spent on other significant projects," said Maimane.
MEC Panyaza Lesufi must take political accountability says Maimane.
According to Education activists, Equal Education, the money that was used to pay for the deep cleaning could have been used to build at least 5 new schools.
Maimane also says that South Africans have been struggling now more than ever due to the coronavirus pandemic with many losing their jobs and going hungry so this sort of wasteful spending needs to be held to account.
Investigations are ongoing into the matter.
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