R90m Allocated For The Construction Of A School Goes Missing


The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng has called on Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi to quickly account for the R90m allocated for the construction of a Sowetan school.

As alleged by the opposition party, a whopping sum of R90m was allocated for the construction of Noordgesig Primary School but till now, not a single brick has been seen at the construction site.

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Reacting to the ugly development, DA Gauteng shadow MEC for education Khume Ramulifho told reporters via a statement that plans to have the school constructed had severally blown up in their face despite awarding tenders to more than one contractor.

Ramulifho alleged: “R90 million was set aside to fix the school, which has remained desolate for over six years. Millions of rands have been budgeted for the renovation of the school since the 2010/11 financial year. In November 2014, a contractor was awarded a R17.8 million tender to fix the school.”

Lesufi Fails To Keep His Promise

The DA MEC disclosed that erection of the school ought to have kicked off in early September. He expressed worry that the money might have disappeared into the thin air; especially since Lesufi has not been able to keep the promise he made in the Provincial Legislature in March this year.

He also lamented that it became apparent that the whole drama may have been shady after the education department stated in its 2015 quarterly report that the project was ‘completed’ in August 2015.

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Meanwhile, the education MEC; together with the department appear to be tongue-tied as no comment or counter-statement has been released.

This is not the first time Ramulifho is calling on Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi to get things straight in the education department.

Last year, the DA MEC slammed Lesufi for usurping the roles of schools’ governing bodies. This was after the MEC took over the duties of hiring and firing of teachers; selection of teaching language; and the running of schools.