Parly committee unhappy with Madonsela over Gauteng e-tolls probe

A complaint was lodged with the Public Protector's office four years ago over allegations that Sanral was involved in irregular tenders.

FILE: Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN – Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts has expressed unhappiness that the Public Protector’s office has not concluded a probe into Gauteng e-tolls.

This emerged during a Sanral briefing in national legislature on Tuesday on irregular, wasteful and fruitless expenditure.

A complaint was lodged with the Chapter Nine institution four years ago following allegations that the state entity was involved in irregular tenders relating to e-tolls.

Scopa chairperson Themba Godi says former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has ignored the complaint.

“You’ve no indication on whether there’s progress or not. I find that to be completely unacceptable after more than a year sending letters, numerous phone calls and still we do not know whether there’s progress or not.”

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters says there was a meeting scheduled with Madonsela which the Cabinet member could not attend.

“Thereafter it was just not possible for us to have a meeting with the Public Protector up to the stage, including the fact that I wrote to her before she left to saying we want to know what is happening and instead I received a letter that said I owe her a report.”

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)