Masuku axing: a demonstration of political accountability – Analyst

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Axed Gauteng health MEC Bandile Masukuwill be taking a Special Investigating Unit (SIU) report into allegations of tender irregularities on judicial review.

Gauteng premier David Makhura on Friday last week fired Masuku after the SIU found that he had failed to execute his functions in compliance with the constitution and the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) in his oversight of the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE).

The SIU recommended that the Premier sanction the MEC, though it stopped short of stipulating the nature of such.

An independent report commissioned by Masuku appears to have exonerated him. Veteran journalist, Karima Brown says any report that is commissioned by the person it is meant to investigate must be taken with a pinch of salt. Brown says political accountability is what should be paramount in South Africa’s governing structures.

Meanwhile, Health workers union Denosa in Gauteng has questioned why the premier has yet to be held to account for incidents such as Life Esidimeni and a fire at a building that housed the Health Department. They want the Premier to step down until the investigation is concluded.

 

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