- Wouter Wessels from the FF Plus party has spoken out about SA blaming apartheid for the ANC’s shortcomings
- He added that poor South African’s circumstances had not changed for the better
- He blamed corruption and fraud within the current government for the current lack of progress
Wouter Wessels, the Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus) spokesperson for Human Settlements has said the corruption and fraud in the current government is to blame for many of the country’s problems. He added that people need to stop blaming apartheid for problems that are caused by the dishonesty of the current government.
He cited as an example the poor communities in SA, stating their conditions had not improved because of this corruption and fraud.
“To date, the poor have not benefited from the money allocated to the Department of Human Settlements – only the ANC and its cadres have,” he said.
Wessels went on to state that in the Free State: the department in 2010 paid R631 million to contractors, including Hlaudi Motsoeneng and the wife of former Minister Fikile Mbalula. To date, no houses have been built with this money. “The mandate of the Department of Human Settlements is undermined by extensive maladministration, corruption and looting. The same holds true for provincial departments where billions of rands are lost through irregular expenditure and squandering,” he added.
Wessels urged the minister to stop this practice and called for the miss-doers to be brought to justice. He added that continuing to blame apartheid did not improve the housing, but that an accountable government would be able to help them.
Briefly.co.za featured an article called: Sona debate: ANC promises to rid public and private sectors of corruption. In this article:
According to Eyewitness News, Mthembu said the leadership of Parliament should integrate ethics and integrity as a dominant factor moving forward. He added the ANC has committed itself to ridding the South African public and private sectors of corruption “It’s through the spirit of ongoing engagements on critical matters that we shall be a nation.” He added.
Mthembu said Parliament must intensify its supervision of government departments and organisations, with the aim to stop the unnecessary squandering of public funds, which equals in billions misspent annually.
“A total of R127,979 billion in irregular expenditure was uncovered by the Auditor-General from 2013, 2014 to the 2016/17 financial years. The money wasted by careless and corrupt people on government could have funded higher education for the poor.”,
Mthembu added. The Chief Whip also requested a review of the manner in which Parliament is funded. Briefly.co.za gathered Mthembu felt it should not be financially reliant on the executive, which it is meant to hold accountable.
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