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COGTA now providing support to Metro on implementing Kabuso and Pikoli reports

SEPTEMBER 16, 2014
COGTA now providing support to Metro on implementing Kabuso and Pikoli reports

His department was “providing Legal Services support” to Nelson Mandela Bay with “implementing the findings of the Pikoli and Kabuso reports,” Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Pravin Gordhan has told the National Assembly.

Replying to a written question, the Minister said with regard to the Kabuso Report, Provincial Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Fikile Xasa had tabled the report to the executive committee in May this year.

He said the report had been tabled “with recommendations to take legal action against the officials and companies that were involved in the matters that were investigated”.

Gordhan said a former Acting Municipal Manager had also referred the criminal matters to the Hawks for further investigation.

However, he had been advised “a few months later that the Hawks had closed the investigation on the basis that there was no criminal intention that could be established in the matters”.

The Minister said the Pikoli Report had recommended that civil action be taken against those involved in criminal conduct during the implementation of the Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS).

Gordhan added that his department was now “undertaking a review of the nature and the causes of the problems experienced in Nelson Mandela Bay and other municipalities with a view to a more comprehensive action plan being developed”.

The Minister said that he wished to emphasise that “the breakdown in good governance is totally unacceptable.

“All South Africans, business, trade unions, civil society and political parties have to play an energetic role in raising the moral value of our society to a new level and exert greater influence to promote integrity in both the public and private sector”.

The Minister said his department was now providing “Legal Services” support in the implementation of the findings of both reports.

It is understood that officials from National Treasury will be in Port Elizabeth tomorrow for discussions relating to the IPTS, implementation of which has effectively stalled with operations now only scheduled to start next year. - metrominutes


CAPTION: Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Pravin Gordhan, addressing Parliament in February this year while still Minister of Finance. IMAGE sourced from maroelamedia.co.za