MEC assessment: ‘ANC must move non-performers’

2011-11-03 00:00

IT is pointless for the ANC to assess the performance of its MECs without reshuffling those who are not doing their jobs properly.

The IFP said in its reaction to the announcement that the ANC is to assess the performance of its members who sit in the KZN Legislature. IFP leader of the opposition Blessed Gwala said a performance assessment without consequences is nothing more than window-dressing.

“It will send the wrong message to non-performers in the provincial government,” Gwala said.

He added that the IFP had previously called on Premier Zweli Mkhize to replace the MEC for Social Development, Meshack Radebe; Agriculture, Environmental Affairs and Rural Development MEC, Lydia Johnson; and the Human Settlements MEC, Maggie Govender, all of whom it considers to be non-performers.

According to Gwala, the ANC missed a golden opportunity to reshuffle the provincial cabinet after the local government elections. He said such a move at the time would have passed for standard party redeployment.

He said the IFP was vindicated in its criticism of the three departments by the Auditor-General’s (A-G) latest findings. The A-G pointed to serious breaches of procurement procedures in these departments, he said.

“The three least performing KZN departments have a history of poor service delivery coupled with a lack of political leadership and ongoing investigations into mismanagement, fraud and corruption.”

Gwala said the IFP also believes that the political heads of two other departments, Health and Education, should receive a warning from the premier given their qualified audits and many unresolved issues pertaining to management and procurement.

The announcement of the assessments was made by the ANC provincial secretary, Sihle Zikalala, on Tuesday during a press briefing. Sapa reported that Zikalala declined to say what would happen to people found to have performed badly.

The assessments will be done by ANC officials, led by the organisation’s secretariat.

• nalini@witness,co.za

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