R3-BILLION OOPSY: The former head of Gauteng's roads department has been charged with negligence for allegedly signing an illegal contract for the province's driver test centres.
JOHANNESBURG - A criminal charge has been laid by the Democratic Alliance against the former head of the Gauteng roads and transport department, Benedicta Monama.
DA caucus leader Jack Bloom said: "I've done this since Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane refused to lay charges even though Monama was suspended for a disciplinary charge before her contract ran out at the end of July, 2012.
"Monama got off scot-free even though she reportedly signed an illegal R3-billion contract with Westpoint Trading 123 to operate driving licence test centres."
Bloom said top officials needed to be held accountable and should fear that gross financial mismanagement could lead to jail.
DEPARTMENT 'WILL CO-OPERATE'
"I have laid the charge against Monama in terms of Section 86 of the Public Finance Management Act which specifies that it is a criminal offence for which you can get five years jail for willful or gross negligence in contravening a provision of the PFMA," he said.
The department of roads and transport said it had noted the charges against Monama. In a statement, it said it believed it was the right of any citizen to report any matter that was allegedly or potentially injurious to the public interest.
"The department will fully co-operate with the relevant authorities should an investigation be launched."
Gauteng police confirmed that a charge had been laid.