“Only late last year there was such turmoil within this department that the then HOD [Irene Mpolweni] had no option but to quit,” Filtane said.
Tikane-Gxothiwe had little option but to ask herself “whether her continued leadership is still of help to the people of the Eastern Cape”, Filtane said.
Von Buchenroder made reference to The Herald report about the MEC’s husband’s R1.6m Covid-19-related tender.
“In the first instance, relating to a recording of the MEC, she openly admits she was instrumental in the appointment of unqualified individuals to her department.
“These same appointments have been subject to a report compiled by the Public Service Commission (PSC), which found the appointments irregular,” Von Buchenroder said.
“The second news report has revealed that the MEC’s husband has secured a tender valued at R1.6m to supply the education department with PPE.
“While there is nothing illegal in family members of politicians doing business with the state, this points to a recurring trend with the MEC.”
Von Buchenroder said these were clear examples of “how politically connected individuals, in this case direct family members of an MEC, were benefiting from the emergency funds made available to combat Covid-19.”
EFF Eastern Cape leader Yazini Tetyana said the PSC had found the MEC in contravention of her mandate.
“No action has been taken by the premier. She goes and confirms the PSC’s findings.