DA calls on MEC Kgetjepe to account for the abandoned multi-million circuit offices

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has written to the Portfolio Committee for Education to urgently summon MEC Ishmael Kgetjepe to account for three abandoned and vandalized multi-million rand incomplete circuit offices at Bochum in the Blouberg Municipality, Tshipitse in Musina Municipality and Mapela in Mogalakwena Municipality.

During an oversight inspection as part of DA’s Limpopo Premier Candidate listening tour at Bochum District last week, the DA was disappointed that the construction of these new circuit offices has still not been completed. Instead, they have been abandoned since 2012 and is left and open which was evident by animal faeces on the floors.

The DA has already filed a complaint with the office of the Public Protector in 2015 to probe the matter and are still waiting for the outcomes and further written to MEC Kgetjepe to finish these offices but nothing has been done to date.

In 2011, R106 million was allocated by the department for the construction of these offices. R33 million was then allocated for Bochum Offices, R45 million for Tshipise offices and R28 million for the Mapela offices. Yet they remain unoccupied and vandalized without any explanation from the department.

These wasted funds could have been put to use in renovating existing schools, providing sanitation and building new schools or mobile classrooms to those that are desperately in need due to overcrowding and lack of classrooms.

The DA believes that MEC Kgetjepe must be held accountable for failing to complete these circuit offices.

It is absolutely unacceptable that a government department can build multi-million rand buildings that remain white elephants.

It is also clear that a viability report was not conducted before putting out these tenders.

According to the department’s Annual Performance Plan (APP) for the 2018 /2019 financial year, only R54 million will be utilized for the maintenance and repairs whilst R83 million will be used for rehabilitation and refurbishment.

It is clear that the budget will not address the current maintenance and refurbishment backlog.

The DA will demand comprehensive reports from MEC Kgetjepe with clear timeframes for the completion of these projects as well as plans on how the taxpayer’s money will be recovered from the contractors.

Only a DA-led government will ensure that education is prioritized for all.

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