Hon Deputy Speaker, as members of Cope, we will not tire of speaking about corruption by ANC Ministers, premiers, MECs, MPLs, MPs, mayors and councillors, despite the amount of protest from the other side of the House. As Cope, when members shout at us for exposing corruption, it means that they support corruption.
An amount of R9 092 789 was transferred from the Department of Social Development in the Free State to the Mafube Local Municipality. It is not surprising that the husband of the MEC of this department is the mayor of this municipality. The transfer was done under the so-called Operation Hlasela.
The municipality had to open another account for this money, which cannot be accounted for by the municipal manager and the CFO now. The reason why they cannot account for the money is because they were getting instructions from the provincial leadership of the ANC to disburse payments without knowing the reasons for paying. [Interjections.]
The politicians in the form of the premier and the MEC are keeping quiet, despite Operation Hlasela being their brainchild. As I say now, the poor chief financial officer and the municipal manager have to account, and they cannot account because the money was never used by them. The ANC, on the other side, is very happy because all of them are thieves. Thank you. [Applause.]