by Justus De Goede MPL – DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Social Development
After a DA oversight inspection to the youth centre, from which reports of defrauding of funds and neglect of residents had been received, by representatives from Parliament and the Gauteng Legislature was irregularly refused, questions have been put to MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza on a number of issues which remain unclear.
It is strange that the MEC and the Department have tendered no explanations around the alleged misuse of funding received from the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), or for that matter why an institution funded by the DSD should qualify for SASSA funding.
The MEC eventually visited the Centre on 26 July and did admit that a number of issues needed addressing, including security and maintenance, but this cannot be verified in light of the prohibition she has placed on oversight visits.
The answers to be provided by the MEC will be of particular interest to Gauteng residents and we look forward to question time in the Legislature.