Mekgwe calls for help to probe graft in GP legislature

FILE PICTURE: Ntombi Mekgwe, Gauteng legislature speaker. Picture Nigel Sibanda

Gauteng legislature Speaker Ntombi Mekgwe called on the employees of the legislature to come forward with substantial information that could help investigate allegations of corruption and nepotism.

Mekgwe said the legislature has launched a probe into the allegations. She also apologised to The Citizen for not responding to its written inquiry for comment sent to her office on Tuesday, but opted to hold a media briefing on Wednesday to respond to the allegations. This was after workers raised concerns over alleged rampant corruption, nepotism and theft of cellphones in the legislature.

As reported in The Citizen today, the workers resorted to the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) for help as they feared losing their jobs for raising their concerns with their employer. They pleaded with the party to probe what they called corruption and nepotism in the legislature.

“People who have information must come forward. We will monitor closely to ensure people are not victimised,” said Mekgwe. She was speaking at a media briefing in the legislature today.

“If there is no evidence, it means there is no case. As you can see, the union leaders are here. They were consulted and they support the process.”

The Citizen has obtained a copy of a strongly-worded letter sent by a group of disgruntled staff members to the Gauteng EFF MPL and caucus leader, Mandisa Mashego. In the letter, the workers allege that 150 cellphones were stolen from a room within the GPL building on fifth floor last year, adding no proper investigation or disciplinary actions had been taken against anyone.

“We request that this matter be re-opened and appropriate actions be instituted against those found to be negligent or guilty,” read the letter in part.
“Most of us (employees) are aware of the numerous cases of corruption, nepotism and other sorts of irregularities but are afraid to come forward for fear of victimisation. We therefore request that you (EFF), as a leader of the opposition party, launch an urgent investigation on each one of these issues.”

Mashego confirmed receipt of the letter and corroborated some of the allegations.

“I don’t believe whoever wrote this is lying,” she said.
“We have to provide stationery for our offices from our own constituency. We believe they (GPL) must provide stationery for us.” Mekgwe said she also received an anonymous letter last week raising allegations of corruption and nepotism.




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