Gauteng DA asks Hawks to investigate Makhura

Gauteng DA asks Hawks to investigate Makhura

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng has submitted a letter to the Hawks to begin investigation into Gauteng Premier, David Makhura.

The opposition submitted the letter to the Hawks in Pretoria on Thursday.

The party says the former Chief Financial Officer Kabelo Lehloenya implicated Makhura in the province’s COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) scandal.

DA Gauteng leader, Solly Msimanga, says the crime-fighting body must investigate the entire Gauteng government.

“We are here outside the offices of the Hawks here in Pretoria where we have come to give in a letter and also request investigation to be done into the office of the premier and to request that government of Gauteng really be investigated in terms of what has been happening since the pandemic has started,” he says.

Msimanga adds, “Right now we are talking about close to R2.8 billion that has really gone towards corruption and fruitless expenditure.”

The Gauteng DA leader says Lehloenya alleged that the premier gave her six companies to be awarded the contracts.

He says his party will table a motion of no confidence if investigations take time.

“We don’t have the confidence that the Gauteng departments will be able to investigate themselves within the province.

“We are asking for the Hawks and we also writing a letter to the Auditor General, the Special Investigating Unit, and the President of the country to look into this matter and really investigate what is happening and give us answers before we take steps further in terms of tabling a motion of no confidence into the premier in the legislature, even before the state of the province address is to take place.”

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the ANC Youth League have called for Makhura to vacate office.