The Standing Committee on Provincial Public Accounts (Scopa) suspended it’s meeting with the Mmabana Arts and Culture Foundation in Mahikeng, after it heard that the entity does not have a standing board, following its dissolution.

They were also concerned when they heard that the appointment of Mmabana’s executive authority, who represented the Foundation before Scopa, was irregular.

Mahlakeng Mahlakeng, North West Scopa chairperson says: “For the second time today, we were faced with a situation where we were not able to understand who was to talk to us because from what we were told, the board has been dissolved. But the person that was said to have been appointed, we discovered that person was irregularly appointed in that there was no law that was followed.”

Scopa had expected to hear about issues engulfing the troubled entity. The Foundation is currently not functional after it was burnt during violent protests, when residents were calling for Supra Mahumapelo to be removed as North West Premier.

“It is an area where a lot of our people in the North West depend on Mmabana in terms of matters of arts and culture and so on and that nothing is happening there. We really have a problem. We think that this matter must be resolved urgently,” says Mahlakeng.

Scopa has given the foundation and the provincial Department of Arts and Culture seven days, to bring a suitable executive authority to represent it.