| DA, FF Plus lodge complaints in opposition to Lesufi over alleged feedback about tenders for ‘our folks’

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Gauteng Training MEC Panyaza Lesufi.

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  • Complaints in opposition to Gauteng Training MEC Panyaza Lesufi have been laid on the Gauteng legislature’s Integrity Commissioner by opposition events.
  • This, after Lesufi mentioned in a recorded assembly about tender awards that “our folks needs to be glad… and taken care of”.
  • The DA and FF Plus mentioned if there was any wrongdoing by Lesufi, he needs to be faraway from workplace.

Opposition events laid fees with the Gauteng legislature’s Integrity Commissioner in opposition to Gauteng Training MEC Panyaza Lesufi after a recording emerged the place he appeared to counsel tenders needs to be awarded to “our folks”.

The FF Plus mentioned it supposed lodging a grievance with the Public Protector and SA Human Rights Fee (SAHRC) over the matter.

On Sunday, City Press reported Lesufi, additionally the ANC deputy chairperson in Gauteng, was heard on a recording of a gathering along with his group the place his division’s tenders had been mentioned.

Lesufi reportedly mentioned concerning the awarding of tenders that “our folks needs to be glad… and taken care of”.

He additionally mentioned when tenders had been marketed, there needs to be communication about it amongst “his folks”.

Lesufi rejected the report as deceptive and denied that the assembly was secret. He additional mentioned the recording had been tampered with.

He claimed there have been “forces at play” who needed to assassinate his character for political achieve.

On Tuesday, the DA referred to as on the general public to supply additional data on the alleged corruption.

On Wednesday, DA schooling spokesperson in Gauteng, Khume Ramulifho, mentioned the social gathering would submit a grievance to the Gauteng provincial legislature’s Integrity Commissioner in opposition to Lesufi flowing from the allegations of corruption across the awarding of tenders to colleges that emerged in media reviews earlier this week.

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The Integrity Commissioner’s mandate is to analyze any doable violations of the Gauteng legislature’s Code by Members of the Provincial Legislature.  

“The commissioner should examine what transpired throughout the involved assembly and if Lesufi certainly violated the code,” mentioned Ramulifho in a press release.

“The Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown have uncovered mass corruption within the Gauteng provincial authorities, stuffed with irregular tenders, fruitless and wasteful expenditure, whereas the residents proceed to undergo financial hardship.”

He repeated his name for the general public to supply data and proof on Lesufi’s alleged tender interference.

“Ought to the Integrity Commissioner discover that MEC Lesufi is implicated in these allegations, it is going to be a transparent indication that he’s not match to go the Division of Training and that he should face extreme penalties for his actions,” mentioned Ramulifho.

The FF Plus intends approaching the Public Protector and the SAHRC to analyze Lesufi’s statements about tenders, mentioned FF Plus Gauteng MPL Anton Alberts.

Alberts mentioned the social gathering already opened an investigation on the Public Protector into the Gauteng Division of Training’s R431 million tenders for decontamination and deep cleansing at public faculties final yr, and would additionally submit the newest revelations about Lesufi to the workplace “in gentle of the aforementioned suspicious tenders”.

“It, moreover, seems that the statements allegedly made by Lesufi throughout a gathering with completely different black position gamers had been divisive as they alluded to prejudice in opposition to sure racial teams in favour of others,” mentioned Alberts in a press release, explaining the grounds for lodging a grievance on the SAHRC.

“Public tenders should not be used to learn solely sure teams and have to be handled when it comes to the present authorized norms,” mentioned Alberts.

“The statements that Lesufi reportedly made, in accordance with a Metropolis Press information report, point out that he needs to assist ‘his folks’ by awarding them tenders.

“If these statements are discovered to be true, Lesufi have to be faraway from his workplace. The FF Plus will hold an in depth eye on the investigations and can put stress on Premier David Makhura to dismiss Lesufi.”

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