Balindlela might delay Pillay report

Vuyolwethu Sangotsha

Vuyolwethu Sangotsha

Eastern Cape Premier Nosimo Balindlela might defy her own portfolio committee's ultimatum to release the Pillay Commission report at the end of this month.

The Pillay Commission was set up by Balindlela to probe maladministration in the provincial government.

The Bhisho legislature gave Balindlela close to R15million to fund the commission.

The portfolio committee's chairman Chris Motsilili said they had given Balindlela until the end of this month to release the report.

Motsilili said in a report tabled by his committee in the provincial legislature that they had made it clear they wanted monthly updates on the commission's progress.

He said his committee had established that the commission had completed its work.

"Balindlela has written a letter saying that the commission submitted the report to her. We want the contents of the report exposed to the people of Eastern Cape and a copy of it should also be submitted to the legislature," he said.

Balindlela's spokesman Masiza Mazizi said the premier referred the report to President Thabo Mbeki. Mazizi said they would inform the media when the report was ready to be released.

However, it was still unclear when that would be.

Opposition political parties in Eastern Cape have accused Balindlela of dragging her feet in releasing the report.

Democratic Alliance provincial leader Athol Trollip said he had a fundamental problem with the whole Pillay Commission.

Trollip said the commission had an unfounded mandate.

"The commission also took longer to complete its work," he said.

Trollip said slow progress made by the commission resulted in the provincial government incurring extra costs.

He said the report was stuck between the presidency and the premier's office, and feared it was going to "be buried".

He said his party had been waiting with bated breath to see the report and to scrutinise the commission's work.

"What's the use of spending government funds if the document is not going to be made public?

"As official opposition we have a right to access it and to read the report," he said.