Monday, 5 May 2014

Patriotic Alliance’s complaint to the Public Protector regarding Filcon

The Patriotic Alliance (PA) has today formally lodged a complaint with the Public Protector regarding the alleged irregularities in the awarding of substantial tenders to Filcon by the City of Cape Town.

We trust that this matter will be investigated with the same professionalism that the Public Protector brings to areas governed by other political parties, ie, non-DA-led municipalities and provinces.

We reiterate here, as explained in the letter to the Public Protector, that the DA’s image belies years of corruption and diversion of resources that should have gone towards poor communities. What is of great concern is not necessarily that the DA’s administration is not as clean as many would like to believe — but that they have been able to keep it relatively quiet for so long.

We also note that the ANC in this province has been trumpeting the Filcon scandal with glee. They are, unfortunately, the pot calling the kettle black. Only a new political voice speaking on behalf of the Cape’s poor communities will be able to address the severe socioeconomic issues currently holding these ordinary citizens hostage. The Patriotic Alliance has been working tirelessly over the last year to be that voice.

We feel it is important to share our submission to the Public Protector with the media because our other submission to this Chapter Nine institution (regarding housing in Tulbagh) was not acknowledged over the course of the last two months. It was certainly not investigated. For this reason, we approached the Human Rights Commission over another matter in Klipheuwel, where poor residents there have been waiting for electricity connections for more than twenty years and have been given the runaround by first the NP-, then the ANC- and now the DA-led governments.

The Human Rights Commission escalated our concerns over Klipheuwel to the Public Protector and we trust it will be harder for Ms Thuliu Madonsela to ignore both us AND the Human Rights Commission.

Please find our letter to the Public Protector attached.

Yours sincerely,

Gayton McKenzie, President Patriotic Alliance


The full letter to the Public Protector, below:

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