Govender aide hits back at Sanco

2011-11-17 00:00

THE outgoing KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works, Maggie Govender, yesterday sent a farewell message to her former staff, thanking them for their hard work in achieving a host of goals.

She apologised for not meeting them due to the “speed with which events have occured”.

Govender was axed as an MEC during Tuesday’s cabinet reshuffle, having come under fire from the ANC Youth League for more than a year.

Her spokesperson, Sureshinee Govender, criticised South African National Civics Organisation (Sanco) national spokersperson Dumisani Mthalane, saying his comments that Govender had failed to deliver houses to blacks are misleading.

“In terms of the goals set by President Jacob Zuma, the MEC delivered 56 178 houses against a target of 76 200 by 2014. In just 30 months at mid-term she has reached 73% of her target while cleaning out both departments of unscrupulous elements. This is service delivery at the very core.”

In her farewell message Govender told the staff that in the last two-and-a-half years they had been able to work through complex problems and difficulties that beleaguered both departments.

She said they focused on service delivery, but had to deal with waste, poor planning and leakage through tenders being awarded to incompetent contractors.

She said the staff had to deal with over 48 000 houses of poor quality and had projects that were stuck because contractors who had not delivered had taken the department to court.

“When some say fighting corruption is not the main focus, service delivery is, I agree fully — but corruption holds back and blocks service delivery.

“It is for this reason that we must continue to fight to eradicate it,” Govender said.

She wished her successor, Ravi Pillay, well and urged the staff to work with him to take both departments to greater heights.

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