DA Makana launches petition to have Kabuso Report made public

BY TAI CHISHAKWE - NOVEMBER 11, 2014

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Makana Local Municipality on Tuesday said that it had launched a petition to have Makana administrator, Pam Yako, make the Kabuso Report public.

“The DA will, over the next few weeks, be collecting signatures and engaging with members of the public on this important issue in order to place pressure on Minister Gordhan, MEC Xasa and administrator Pam Yako, to act against corruption and maladministration by publishing the report for all to see,” said the party’s Andrew Whitfield in a statement.

“This petition also serves as a public awareness campaign designed to empower the residents of Makana while promoting transparency and accountability.”

He said this week marks one year since the ANC-led Makana Council resolved to commission a forensic investigation into the maladministration and corruption of the Makana Local Municipality.

“The report has been completed and the ANC has repeatedly failed to act,” Whitfield said.

Apparently, the 89-page Kabuso report implicates Makana Local Municipality Mayor Zamuxolo Peter’s strategic advisor Mncedi Boma in the chaotic state of Makana municipality - which later prompted Bhisho to place the authority under administration, along with the mayor’s personal secretary Noluthando Santi, his former landlord Emmanuel Madlavu, council speaker Rachel Madinda and acting chief financial officer Marius Crouse.

“The ANC in Makana have refused to have the report tabled for action at a Council meeting because they allege it to be a draft report which we believe is a blatant and deliberate delay tactic in taking decisive action against officials and politicians implicated in the report. It is nothing more than classic ANC filibustering that will buy time to redeploy corrupt cadres.”

He said that in August 2014, Minister Gordhan visited Grahamstown demanding to see the report and vowed to take decisive action, but he has remained silent on the issue ever since.

“On 1 September 2014, I submitted an application in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) to make the Kabuso Report public. After more than a month and numerous follow ups, I was given notice of an extension to reply by the administrator, Pam Yako. According to the PAIA, Ms Yako is obliged to do so and I now expect her formal reply within the next 10 days,” Whitfield said.

“The DA will continue to fight for accountability and transparency and we call on all residents of Makana to do the same by signing this petition here to make their voices heard.”