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Department collapse under Mokonyane

Former  Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane has left the department totally collapsed.It is stressing that she is currently Minister of Communications, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) Themba Godi said in a statement.

“This department has a long history of flimsiness and money related bungle, and Scopa has made plans to open criminal charges against the office in light of the R2.9bn overdraft that the office took with the Reserve Bank,” said Godi.

The Committee has additionally resolved to engage with the National Treasury on the overdraft.

On Wednesday, the Committee needed to cut the hearing short because of the disappointment of the office’s authorities to react to the inquiries postured by Committee members.

The department was showing up before Scopa for the third time in the wake of neglecting to react to inquiries at two past hearings.

Democratic Alliance (DA) said in a statement on Wednesday it solidly rejects Mokonayne’s appointment.

DA Shadow Minister of Communications Phumzile Van Damme said Mokonyane can be sent somewhere else inside the African National Congress (ANC) if the ruling party so please in any case, not in the Department of Communications, or anyplace else in government.

“In the event that he plans to stay faithful to his commitment to South Africa of “New Dawn” President Cyril Ramaphosa will instantly turn around Mokonyane’s appointment as Minister of Communications,” said Van Damme.

Van Damme said DA praise is in full concurrence with Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) choice to take a firm remain against her appointment.

“In reality, Minister Mokonyane has left the department that has totally crumpled. It is stressing that she is currently a Minister of Communications when the South African Broadcasting Corporation is recouping,” said Godi

Committee also challenges and encourage the Portfolio Committee on Communications to voice their complaint to her appointment.The Committee can depend on the DA’s help in standing firm against Mokonyane.

Van Damme said Parliament has worked extremely hard to steer the Department of Communications and its entities, and specifically the SABC, to quiet waters, we can’t permit activities that to be fixed by a Minister who has exhibited articulate disappointment at dealing with a government department.


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