In its eagerness to remain relevant and to continue its vendetta against SANRAL, OUTA is now dragging the agency into the Public Protector’s Report on PRASA. The Public Protector’s report on PRASA has absolutely no link whatsoever with SANRAL.
“Comments on SANRAL’s professional ethics and use of resources are baseless when they come from an organisation which is devoted to fleecing money from the public and using the same public to fight the personal battles pursued by some of its leaders,” says Vusi Mona, the Head of Communications at the South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd.
“OUTA must get its own house in order before delivering sermons on SANRAL,” says Mona. “It had, until called upon by SANRAL to do so, kept its financial affairs from the public and failed to account to the public exactly what happened to the more than R10 million it has extracted from people over the past three years. This appears to have been wasted on legal fees for court cases they have lost – yet they continue to solicit more money.”
Mona says SANRAL is a state-owned entity with a proud record of good governance. There have always been stable Boards at the agency and a competent management in place.
SANRAL’s record of unqualified audits and public reporting to Parliament is in stark contrast to OUTA’s lack of transparency about its membership, annual general meetings (if any), election of its management committee and the support it receives from opposition groupings.
As for OUTA’s call for SANRAL to account over the collusion matter, the agency remains the only organisation that has opened a criminal case against construction companies that were named by the Competitions Commission to have colluded during the tendering processes.
Mona says SANRAL has indicated on numerous occasions that it is willing to work with any and all constitutional institutions. The Auditor General’s office is one such institution that SANRAL accounts to. Is OUTA questioning the integrity of the AG as it has shown disrespect to the judiciary?
“We trust, however, that OUTA as a so-called ‘public benefit organisation’ will allow the same levels of transparency and accountability to demonstrate to the public how they have benefited from their foolhardy campaigns,” says Mona.