The Mmabana management says the investigations and disciplinary processes are underway to identify those involved and to take corrective action. This after the R100 million saga came to light during the embattled entity’s appearance before the Portfolio Committee on Arts and Culture in the Provincial Legislature on Tuesday 22 October.
The DA’s North West spokesperson on Arts and Culture, Gavin Edwards says according to the Auditor-General’s (AG) 2018/19 report, the foundation made payments without an approved budget running into millions. In a reply to OFM News questions, the Mmabana management admits that indeed, the entity has experienced some challenges in the past.
The management further adds that this is as a result of the delays experienced in submitting the budget to the Arts and Culture MEC Galebekwe Tlhapi for approval. It adds that this, however, has since been corrected. “The unfortunate events of April 2018, occasioned by the community protests which turned violent, resulted in two of the entities’ buildings being torched and looted. This resulted in the operations of the entity being brought to a halt at these two buildings.”
Meanwhile, Edwards says the foundation has been riddled with financial woes due to years of mismanagement of funds, which is a clear indication of their inability to fulfil their mandate of educating and identifying talent among the youth in the province. Edwards adds that by allowing this entity to further misuse public funds is an injustice to the youth. “We, therefore, call upon the MEC for Arts and Culture, Virginia Tlhapi, to deal decisively with Mmabana by dissolving the Board and incorporating the entity’s functions into the Department,” he further adds.
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