Gauteng Department of Social Development
The DA has submitted a Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) application on the transfers of funds to all NGOs and NPOs funded by the Gauteng Department of Social Development during 2015/16 financial year.
Despite efforts to obtain this information through the legislative process, Gauteng Social Development MEC, Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, has claimed that the information is withheld to protect NGOs/NPOs in the province.
The MEC claimed that the information on transfers had been submitted to the DA, however this if far from the truth.
The requested information is a compliance item which should have been included in the department’s annual report. The report only gives a brief summary of transfers to the different programs, but not specific amounts transferred to NGOs and NPOs.
Gauteng residents deserve to know exactly how much each NGO and NPO was awarded, as the use of public funds should be open to public scrutiny.
The MECs insistence on hiding this information raises the suspicion that there may be something untoward happening in her department.
The DA will continue to probe the funding of NGOs and NPOs and will not stop until the information is obtained.
DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Social Development
060 558 8297