The ANC referred Democratic Alliance (DA) Limpopo Spokesperson on Economic Development, Environment and Tourism, Langa Bodlani to the Legislator’s Ethics Committee for revealing the fact that the Limpopo Gambling Board is leasing an office block at a rental amount exceeding R775 106 per month.
In a media release, Bodlani claims that the ANC-dominated portfolio committee on Economic Development, Environment and Tourism resolved to refer his conduct to the Ethics Committee following a media statement on which Polokwane Observer reported last week.
“This is the most unheard of attempt to censor a political party. It is an infringement of my right to freedom of expression and freedom of political association. The DA has every right to hold the government to account, and as spokesperson on Ledet it is my duty to the people of Limpopo to expose gross wastages of their public money,” says Langa.
According to Langa, the ANC’s attempt to silence him is without any base whatsoever; that the information in the media release came from the Ledet committee, which is in the public domain. Langa reckons that whatever transpires in the committee is information in the public interest, and should not be hidden.
“The fact that the Limpopo Gambling Board is paying out this massive amount for rental is information definitely in the public interest and taxpayers must know where their hard-earned money is going. The DA will not be cowed into silence especially where monies which should fund service delivery, are used wrongly on lavish offices. This we owe to the voters who put us into office. The freedom of expression that is enshrined in the Constitution includes the right to disseminate information lawfully. This cannot be limited by membership of a portfolio committee,” is Bodlani’s firm belief. Falaza Mdaka, ANC Chief Whip, could not be reached to source comment at time of going to print.