The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng will be submitting a complaint to the Gauteng Provincial Legislature’s (GPL) Integrity Commissioner against MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi regarding allegations of corruption around the awarding of tenders to schools that emerged in media reports earlier this week.
A voice recording of a meeting between Lesufi and his team in May last year, allegedly exposes the MEC involving himself in the awarding of his department tenders.
The mandate of the Integrity Commissioner is to investigate any possible violations of the GPL’s Code by Members of the Provincial Legislature.
The Commissioner must investigate what transpired during the concerned meeting and if Lesufi indeed violated the Code.
The Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown has exposed mass corruption in the Gauteng Provincial Government, filled with irregular tenders, fruitless and wasteful expenditure, while the residents continue to suffer economic hardship.
The DA is calling on individuals to bring forward any information and evidence on MEC Lesufi’s alleged tender interference to the DA so that such information can be presented before the GPL’s Integrity Commissioner.
Should the Integrity Commissioner find that MEC Lesufi is implicated in these allegations, it will be a clear indication that he is no longer fit to head the Department of Education and that he must face severe consequences for his actions.