Zwane blames irregular use of funds in Free State housing project on former HOD

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Former Free State Human Settlements MEC, Mosebenzi Zwane has blamed the irregular use of funds in the province’s 2010 housing project on former HOD Mpho Mokoena.

The province was keen to spend R1.4-billion allocated to it by the National Treasury for low cost housing before the end of the financial year, to avoid its re-prioritisation to other provinces.

The plan saw the selection of many ineligible contractors without an open tender process and the payment for their services upfront.

Earlier this week, Mokoena told the State Capture Commission that he was threatened with losing his job by Zwane, if he did not sign off on documents related to the project despite knowing that there were irregularities.

In the video below, State Capture Inquiry hears evidence of Zwane’s alleged abuse of power: 

Zwane disputes this

“The law says, when there is any instruction given even by the authority that has financial implications – that instruction should be given in writing and the accounting officer if he or she does not agree with that decision must in writing advice the authority. If the executive instructs further that this unlawful decision must be done, that should be reported by the accounting officer to national treasury, provincial treasury and the office of the auditor general,” says Zwane.

In the video below, Former Free State MEC Mosebenzi Zwane testifies: