Suspended head of Gauteng Arts, Sports, Culture and Recreation, Namhla Siqaza will in no time, face a criminal charge for alleged corruption.
The former sports head, Namhla Siqaza was relieved of her duties after the Gauteng Premier David Makhura was informed that she allegedly tried to bribe Auditor-General officials to cover up irregular expenditure, particularly a R246m tender for an archives centre in Kagiso on the West Rand.
Makhura says he received information from an anonymous source into allegations of maladministration in the provincial sports department.
The alleged bribery issue came after the Auditor-General revealed an increased corruption involving unexplained expenditure of public funds involving millions of rand.
Some of the money allegedly squandered was spent on the Bob van Reenen Stadium and the department’s provincial archives in Krugersdorp.
The Democratic Alliance had also criticised the sport department for paying her R1.5 million during her suspension. The party said through a parliamentary written reply, that it was revealed she was earning R1.4m a year, approved by former premier Nomvula Mokonyane.
“According to Makhura, her salary level was initially set at level 15. However, in light of the enormous responsibility of the department, ‘it was decided by the executive authority that the post be remunerated at level 16’,” said Bloom.
“Ms Siqaza was clearly an overpaid political appointment as there is no justification for extra annual pay of more than R200 000 for a small department with a small budget,” he added.
The DA said it has laid criminal charges against Namhla Siqaza and two other officials two weeks ago at Norwood police station concerning the alleged attempted bribery, and challenged Makhura to also lay criminal charges.
Despite queries sent to the Premier’s Office on Monday, there was no reply on whether any charges would be instituted.