The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Free State has announced that it will not support the motion of no confidence in Premier Mxolisi Dukwana, which is expected to be brought by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). The motion was prompted by a reply from Dukwana stating that over R3 million was spent on the funeral of the late Education MEC, Tate Makgoe, in March of this year.
DA Believes EFF is Opportunistic
DA Chief Whip, David van Vuuren, has criticized the EFF for being opportunistic and undermining the ongoing investigation process. The DA has taken the matter further by requesting the Public Protector to investigate the cost of the funeral. Van Vuuren argues that supporting the EFF’s motion would undermine the DA’s own internal process and the independent investigation initiated by the Public Protector.
Concerns Regarding the Funeral Expenditure
The DA’s decision to request a public investigation into the cost of the funeral stems from concerns surrounding the excessive expenditure incurred. With R3 million allocated for the funeral, questions have been raised regarding the appropriate use of public funds. While it is understandable that dignitaries and officials attend state funerals, the DA wants to ensure that public money is spent judiciously and transparently.
EFF’s Motion of No Confidence
The EFF’s motion to remove Premier Dukwana through a vote of no confidence is seen by the DA as an attempt to prematurely influence the outcome of the investigation. The EFF’s actions are viewed as counterproductive by the DA, as the investigation process should be allowed to run its course and gather all the necessary evidence before reaching any conclusions.
- The EFF’s motion is opportunistic and undermines ongoing investigations
- The DA supports an independent investigation by the Public Protector
- Transparency and the appropriate use of public funds are paramount concerns
The Role of the Public Protector
The DA’s decision to involve the Public Protector reflects its commitment to upholding the principles of good governance and accountability. The Public Protector is an independent institution tasked with investigating complaints and maladministration concerning the state and state officials. The DA believes that by requesting their intervention, a fair and impartial investigation will be conducted, leading to a just outcome.
The Importance of Due Process
By supporting the EFF’s motion of no confidence, the DA argues that due process and the credibility of the investigation would be compromised. Prematurely removing Premier Dukwana without proper evidence could undermine public trust in the system. The DA asserts that each investigation should be allowed to unfold fully, with all facts considered, before any decisions can be made.
The DA in the Free State has voiced its opposition to the EFF’s motion of no confidence against Premier Mxolisi Dukwana. The DA believes that the motion is opportunistic and undermines the ongoing investigation initiated by the DA itself. Requesting the involvement of the Public Protector, the DA aims to ensure transparency and accountability regarding the funeral expenditure. By supporting the motion, the DA argues that due process would be compromised, potentially damaging public trust in the investigation’s outcome. The DA emphasizes the importance of allowing investigations to unfold fully and all evidence to be considered before making any decisions.