ActionSA has written to Gauteng Provincial Legislature Privileges & Ethics Committee Chairperson, Nomvuyo Memory Manamela, to investigate Housing Member of the Executive Council (MEC) Lebogang Maile for his outburst after he was asked questions by a journalist.
Instead of responding to legitimate enquiries by a News24 journalist over the investigation into loans awarded to Deputy President, Paul Mashatile’s son-in-law, MEC Maile chose to attack the journalist personally, calling him a “stupid racist white man”.
Members of the executive should be held accountable by the South African media. MEC Maile choosing to avoid answering the questions and personally attacking the journalists raises suspicion that the MEC may be hiding key information from the public.
That is why ActionSA has written to Manamela to investigate Maile’s unbecoming behaviour to ensure that he is held accountable for avoiding transparency.
Maile’s refusal to answer questions highlights that the provincial government possibly has something to hide with regard to the Gauteng Partnership Fund (GPF) awarded at least four loans to the value of more than R30 million to companies owned by Mashatile’s son-in-law.
We furthermore believe MEC Maile’s behaviour is unsurprising with the conduct of ANC politicians who for years have avoided tough questions from the media and instead chose to personally attack journalists.
As a party which values ethical leadership, ActionSA will continue to monitor investigations into Maile. We do not believe that any politician should be absolved from public scrutiny, including Maile.