In a response to my written questions tabled in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL), Gauteng MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Lebogang Maile denied that a service provider was appointed by the Sedibeng District Municipality to provide personal protection to the Municipal Manager.
Yet MEC Maile released a media statement stating that there is an investigation underway into the irregular appointment of the Mafako Security Company to provide personal security for Stanley Khanyile.
This investigation will enquire into the allegations of corruption, maladministration, financial management and acts of nepotism levelled against Khanyile and the municipality.
This clearly indicates that the MEC misled us, knowing full well that there was an irregular appointment of bodyguards for Khanyile.
This also raises the question as to whether the MEC was protecting Khanyile at the expense of taxpayers.
The DA will closely monitor the progress of this investigation to ensure that those implicated pay back the money stolen from the municipality and are arrested for corruption.
We also call on MEC Maile to provide a timeframe as to when this investigation will be concluded.