By BAKANG MOKOTO
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in the North West said it will table a ‘motion of no confidence’ against the interim North West Premier, Wendy Nelson and the North West Provincial Legislature speaker, Sussana Dantjie.
This came after the North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo decided to take the ‘leave of absence’ and appointed MEC for Finance, Economy and Enterprise Development department (FEED), Wendy Nelson.
EFF Member of Provincial Legislature, Thabo Sehloho said: “We will table a motion of no confidence against Dantjie and Nelson. We believe that the Premier has flouted the Section 100 Constitution. Nelson is faced with fraud allegations regarding Gupta-linked company, Mediosa.
“The North West Health department was under administration when maladministration, fraud and corruption taking place. We believe that Mahumapelo will control Nelson while on leave. EFF will continue to expose maladministration, corruption and fraud taking place at all departments in the province.”
However, North West Provincial government refuted the allegations leveled against Nelson. The provincial government spokesperson, Brian Setswambung said the administration has noted with concern the misleading and unfounded news reports that imply that Nelson stands accused of fraud, corruption and maladministration.
Setswambung further said this unfounded and malicious report suggests that Nelson face charges of corruption in relation to a Gupta linked company, Mediosa. He added that the Provincial Administration places it on record that Nelson has never had fraud charges laid against her by the North West Provincial Legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Health and Social Development Committee.
“It is therefore, unfortunate that the media has decided to run with such incorrect information which casts aspersion on the character of the acting Premier. Allegations made are malicious and seek to tarnish the work of Nelson in her commitment and determination to selflessly serve the people of North West.
“She is committed to serve to the best of her ability by ensuring transparent and good governance. The Provincial Administration wishes to clarify that the case that was opened by the Portfolio Committee in March 2018 had nothing to do with the acting Premier,” he said.
Setswambung said the allegation that the Provincial Treasury has paid Mediosa as suggested by media reports is devoid of the truth and has been confirmed in many engagements by the North West Health department that an enquiries relating to this matter be directed to them.
He further said people should refer to their past media release which provided clarity and information relating to the forensic reports on Mediosa.
“Allocations to departments are done in line with government budgetary processes and appropriated accordingly by the North West Provincial Legislature. Government also reaffirms its commitment to ensure the implementation of PFMA by observing the responsibilities of each accounting officer in terms of section 38.
“The Provincial Administration unequivocally rejects the false reports about Nelson and request that she be given space and time to execute her new responsibilities. Her track record speaks volumes having served with distinction in various portfolios in all three spheres of government,” he said.