Transport Minister Dipuo Peters’s notice of intent to fire four Airports Company SA (Acsa) board members must come with an explanation.
Despite the auditor-general’s warning to Acsa that it was not implementing appropriate steps to prevent irregular, wasteful and fruitless expenditure, the auditor-general’s counsel appears to have been ignored. Even Acsa’s own rules have not been followed.
There have been allegations that Acsa CEO Bongani Maseko is implicated in this illegal expenditure and there have even been allegations of corruption.
What the minister should have done was launch an independent inquiry in terms of which all parties would be interviewed. Instead, she intends to fire members of the board.
In doing this, the implication and perception is that Peters is protecting Maseko without having investigated the matter fully.
Manny de Freitas, MP
DA spokesman for transport