The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) said in a press statement on Thursday, 31 July 2014, that the announcement of the resignation of Tembakazi Mnyaka from the Sanral board is not surprising.
This followed an earlier statement issued by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) saying that the chairperson of its board, Ms Mnyaka, had resigned.
“The lack of factual information pertaining to Ms Mnyaka’s resignation will result in unnecessary speculation, conjecture and intrigue, which is not conducive to resolving the crisis brewing within Sanral,” said John Clarke, Outa’s joint spokesperson.
Outa said that one only had to look at the number of issues that have contributed to “the build-up of steam in the Sanral pressure pot” to see why Mnyaka resigned.
Given the nature of the fiascos which have developed over recent times, Outa said South Africa would welcome the facts as to why Ms Mnyaka had resigned.
“Chairman positions on the boards of State Owned Entities (SOE) such as Sanral become the property of the public,” said Wayne Duvenage, the chairperson of Outa. “People who fill these positions need to ensure that the board of the SOE is not prejudiced by conflicts of interest, and that all risks are managed in a professional and transparent manner. Given all the vexing issues the SANRAL board has had to contend with, her sudden departure does not come as a surprise.”
Outa went on to highlight “the possible symptoms of [Sanral’s] organisational crisis”:
- The current e-toll debacle, which has now run up outstanding bills of approximately R1,5bn to date and is currently under (its third) review by Premier Makhura’s panel.
- Litigation surrounding Sanral’s need for secrecy of sensitive information to protect commercial interests of an unsolicited bid for the Western Cape Winelands Toll project.
- A brewing issue around the Pondoland community’s rejection of Sanral’s desire to construct a new tolled road through the Wild Coast.
- The Lwandle squatter eviction debacle.
- The lack of explanation to the public of Sanral’s action against the collusive construction companies who overcharged society for the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project. In June, OUTA wrote to Ms Mnyaka for a response on the developments of this matter and has yet to receive detailed feedback from her.