The office of the DA in Vaal has written to the new Gauteng Health MEC, Gwen Ramokgopa, requesting an urgent investigation into allegations of ghost workers and political interference regarding the appointment of ANC members in the Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) at Johan Heyns Clinic in Vanderbijlpark.
As the current EPWP contracts at the clinic will come to an end at the close of this financial year, the DA says it has it on good authority that ANC members have been earmarked to take up all vacant EPWP positions at the Johan Heyns Clinic.
It is also understood that workers who resigned from the project are still receiving their salaries and are paying the project coordinator a cut of their money. Sources close to the DA have indicated that the ANC regional office in Sedibeng has already set up lists of workers for the new six-month contracts within the EPWP.
“It is unacceptable that the ANC is buying support through promising jobs to only their members,” says Kingsol Chabalala MPL – DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Emfuleni North. Non-ANC members have no hope in getting a contract through the EPWP as jobs are being secured for the ANC members only. It is alleged that four current EPWP workers and the project coordinator are at the helm of these corrupt activities.
“MEC Ramokgopa must not turn a blind eye to this alleged corruption. In our letter to the MEC, I have requested that she suspend the project coordinator until the investigation is completed,” Kingsol added.
The newly appointed MEC has the opportunity to show that she will take a zero tolerance stance on corruption and is seen to be working with the community to get to the bottom of this matter. – By Staff Reporter