Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha and his predecessor Cassel Mathale belong in “the same WhatsApp group” according to the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the province, which alleges graft under the new premier has multiplied almost five fold.
The DA revealed yesterday at the Limpopo legislature that the province has racked up just over R15 billion of unauthorised and wasteful expenditure. DA Limpopo provincial leader Jacques Smalle said yesterday: “When we thought a new broom would sweep the cleanest, Mathabatha came in and claimed to shine better.
Now under his tutelage, his municipalities and provincial departments have accumulated a total of R15 billion of unauthorised wasteful and fruitless expenditure in five years in charge of the province [according to reports by the Limpopo Provincial Financial Management Act]. “As if that was not enough, seven local and district municipalities lost R1.
5 billion during his watch,” he said. Yesterday the Limpopo provincial government denied the DA’s claims.
“Yes, some of our municipalities are financially bleeding because of the irregular investment in VBS [Mutual Bank],” said Mathabatha’s spokesperson Kenny Mathivha.