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NAC MUST REINSTATE SUSPENDED STAFF (article first published : 2004-09-16)

Statement by Diane Kohler-Barnard MP, DA Spokesperson on Arts and Culture.

“The DA calls for the immediate reinstatement of the three National Arts Council staff members suspended on full pay 10 months ago, and now cleared of virtually all charges.

The three, CEO Doreen Nteta, CFO Kiren Isvarlal and Project Manager Andre le Roux were charged with fraud, corruption, mismanagement, funding of 'ghost projects', theft, holding secret bank accounts, and contravening a range of laws.

An extensive forensic audit has revealed that the CEO and the CFO are guilty of a minor infraction while all charges against le Roux have been withdrawn.

This exercise has proved to be an incredible waste of time and money, and smacks of an attempt to rid the NAC of senior management who had, the day before the suspension, informed the previous Minister of serious allegations against some members of the NAC Exco. The new Minister of Arts and Culture, Pallo Jordan, has a stock answer when asked to deal with matters such as these - and that is that he “doesn't micromanage”. Perhaps if he did, this sort of inexcusable mess would have been cleared up before more taxpayers' money was squandered.”

See also PANSA media statement on Dance, Drama and Music pages




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