On a scheduled oversight visit today to the Durban Forensic Chemical Laboratory (FCL), which should be ready to open its doors in March of this year, the DA was denied oversight access. My colleague, Dr Imran Keeka, MPL (KZN) and I were denied access without good reason.
According to Section 55 (2) of the Constitution: The National Assembly must provide for mechanisms – to ensure that all executive organs of state in the national sphere of government are accountable to it and to maintain oversight of – the exercise of national executive authority, including the implementation of legislation and any organ of state.
The Durban Forensic Chemical Laboratory is being built from taxpayer money by the Department of Public Works, and therefore rests under the executive authority of the national government.
I have immediately written to the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, to request that he urgently ensures that my Constitutional right of access is enabled.
Oversight functions are a critical part of the political responsibility of public representatives to hold the executive accountable to South African citizens.
Any impediment of the Constitutional mandate, including obstructing an oversight visit by a Member of Parliament, should be viewed in the most serious light.
DA Federal Chairperson
Source : Democratic Alliance