Decisive action needed against Mokonyane over mismanaged R3bn water project

Issued by Leon Basson MP – DA Shadow Minister of Water and Sanitation
09 Mar 2018 in News

The DA on Wednesday will be finalising the final terms of reference, in the Portfolio Committee, into a full-scale inquiry into the disastrous affairs of the Department of Water and Sanitation and waterboards.

This is most welcome in light of  media reports today that the R3 billion project, launched in 2015 under the watch of the Minister of Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane, meant to empower and equip our youth with critical skills is being plagued by gross mismanagement.

The project was meant to produce 15 000 qualified artisans over a three-year period.

It is disheartening that the over 2 000 trainees are unable to complete their studies or find jobs because of gross mismanagement at the department.

Rand Water must also be held equally responsible for any role they may have played in this bungle as the entity was entrusted with implementing this project on behalf of the Department.

While President Cyril Ramaphosa has sent Minister Mokonyane to the Communications Department, the Water and Sanitation Department continues to deteriorate due to her legacy of mismanagement and alleged corruption which has left the Department totally bankrupt.

Strong and decisive action must be taken against Minister Mokonyane and the DA will leave no stone unturned to ensure that Minister Mokonayne is held accountable for her role in this bungle.

This is a direct indictment on Minister Mokonyane and entire ANC government which has continually detached itself from the plight of our people who don’t have access to clean water.

Minister Mokonyane is not fit-for-purpose for any position in which her priority should be to serve and empower ordinary South Africans.

The DA strongly urges President Ramaphosa to take strong action against Minister Mokonyane and prove to South Africans that he’s serious ending corruption that is the biggest in the impediment to the service delivery.