Eric Naki
Political Editor
1 minute read
8 Nov 2016
5:46 am

DA lays bribery charges against sports department trio

Eric Naki

Makhura at the weekend lambasted what he called 'delay tactics' in the disciplinary case involving head of department Namhla Siqaza.

Gauteng premier David Makhura addresses a media briefing following his department's reception of the Auditor General audit report at the Soweto Theatre in Jabulani, 24 August 2016, for the financial year ending 31 March 2016. Picture: Refilwe Modise

Just as Gauteng Premier David Makhura expressed frustration at the delayed disciplinary outcome against the provincial head of the department of sports, arts, culture and recreation (SACR), the DA has laid criminal charges against three senior officials involved in the same bribery scandal.

Makhura at the weekend lambasted what he called “delay tactics” in the disciplinary case involving head of department Namhla Siqaza, who was facing allegations of impropriety, including an attempt to bribe a senior official of the auditor-general.

She allegedly asked the official to alter her findings for the financial year 2014/15 so as to produce an audit favourable to the department.

Two other department officials reporting to Siqaza are also implicated in the matter.

Makhura placed Siqaza under precautionary suspension on October 13 last year. A disciplinary inquiry dragged on since the first hearing was set down for February this year.

Makhura expressed frustration as the matter was further delayed on Friday when the final ruling was supposed to be handed down, but the presiding officer informed the representatives of both parties that he had been requested to withhold it.

Yesterday, DA MPL Jack Bloom said he had laid charges against the three officials relating to the attempted bribe of the auditor-general officer.