ActionSA Demands Urgent Action: Corruption Allegations Cast Shadow Over Northern Cape Government

ActionSA expresses deep concern upon learning about the precautionary suspension of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Bradley Slingers, at the Northern Cape Department of Roads and Public Works. This action was taken in response to allegations of corruption, pending investigation.

Moreover, our concern is heightened by the swift action taken by the Department’s Head, Dr. Johnny Mac Kay, against CFO Bradley Slingers. We acknowledge this move as a positive step towards accountability. However, we question the integrity of Dr. Mac Kay, who himself faces allegations of corruption. ActionSA welcomes this gesture of accountability while simultaneously raising concerns about Dr. Mac Kay’s own ethical standing amid the ongoing investigation.

Our concern is rooted in the Northern Cape Provincial Government’s inconsistent response to corruption allegations involving Dr. Johnny Mac Kay. Despite numerous calls for action, Premier Zamani Saul’s lack of decisive measures reveals a stark contrast between the government’s anti-corruption rhetoric and its actual implementation.

The people of the Northern Cape deserve a transparent and accountable government led by individuals who prioritise public interests over personal and political motives. The sluggish response to corruption within government departments erodes public trust and hampers the province’s progress.

ActionSA underscores the urgency of an immediate and impartial investigation into the allegations against Dr. Johnny Mac Kay. Such an investigation must be conducted with utmost diligence and integrity to ensure justice is served and the guilty are held accountable. Anything less would undermine the principles of good governance and the rule of law.

In light of these circumstances, ActionSA calls on the MEC of Public Works Roads and Transport, Ms. Makgatong, to officially request the Premier to suspend the department’s head, Dr. Johnny Mac Kay, pending the outcome of the corruption investigation.

ActionSA believes that the Premier is the only authority capable of making such a decision and that it is crucial for a fair and transparent probe. Dr. Mac Kay’s continued presence in the department could compromise service delivery to the people of the Northern Cape.

Committed to the fight against corruption, ActionSA will establish robust mechanisms to effectively combat corruption in the Northern Cape, ensuring government officials are held accountable for their actions. We are dedicated to ushering in an administration marked by transparency, accountability, and good governance in the Northern Cape.

ActionSA calls on Premier Zamani Saul to demonstrate strong leadership, address the concerns of the people, and decisively combat corruption within the Northern Cape administration. The people of the Northern Cape deserve nothing less than a government committed to upholding the highest standards of ethics and governance.

Should the Premier fail to provide a satisfactory response within 48 hours of receiving the letter, we have no option but to picket outside the Premier’s Office.