Last week in the Pietermaritzburg state of the province address, by Premier Willies Mchunu, lifestyle audits were announced.
The Da told Mchunu to practice what he preaches and to start with himself.
The audit was to start with officials of high-risk positions in partnership with SARS, the first area being provincial supply-chain management units.
The DA members had already undergone a lifestyle audit under Francois Rodgers, leader of the DA in the KZN legislature, and he urges that Mchunu and his fellow ANC members do the same before tackling outwardly.
“This is simply not good enough in a province where there is wide-scale fraud and corruption. While the DA welcomes the premier’s initiative in the interests of trying to address this, all the signs are pointing to a probe which is likely to be subjective rather than objective.”
“Of further concern is the issue of whether the audits will be used to settle political scores, for those not politically connected, rather than trying to root out corruption. It is a known fact that some senior KZN politicians are linked to corrupt activities and are complicit in these activities.”
“Furthermore, it is imperative that these audits be conducted by an independent body, such as the office of the Auditor-General, to ensure their credibility. The results must also be made public and not kept under lock and key, as with so many others.”
The heat seems to be on between the DA and the ANC in the province of KwaZulu-Natal.
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