Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow MEC for Finance and E-Government Adriana Randall raised concerns about the cash payment system on reserves which she says increases the risk of theft and corruption.
The DA says it is distressing that the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure (DID) is only now considering installing cashless payment systems in nature reserves.
Randall says the party raised concerns with the department five years ago about the cash being stored on its premises.
“In 2017, I asked questions of the DID MEC for Infrastructure Development, Jacob Mamabolo, regarding forensic investigations launched into cash management on reserves under the control of the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG)” ,
“To focus specifically on the loss of revenue from nature reserves, and in particular the installation of the Roodeplaat dam,” Randall said.
She said GPG was under heavy pressure to increase its own revenue.
Randal says Roodeplaat Dam has not put in place appropriate measures or systems to account for the exact amount of money collected from gate fees.
“According to whistleblowers who spoke to me, every Friday a G-Fleet vehicle collected the money from the office at the dam gate in Roodeplaat,”
“And would leave without a proper reconciliation of the exact amount of money collected and then deposited into GPG’s bank account,” she added.
This means that the GPG has no idea how much money each facility under its control brings in as a way for the government to generate its own revenue.
“It is clear that even before the appointment of MEC Tasneem Motara, there were deep rooted issues within the department,” Randal explained.
She said nature reserves are tourist sites that play a vital role in ensuring the growth of the country’s tourism industry and the creation of new employment opportunities.
She added that this can be achieved if the GPG is serious about ensuring that all loopholes that could lead to corruption are closed.
“We will use all mechanisms at our disposal to engage with MEC for finance and e-government, Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko and MEC Tasneem Motara for infrastructure development, to ensure that this point-of-sale system cash actually become a reality,” Randal concluded.
Compiled by Phooko of Kgomotso
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