MEC gets tough on lazy civil servants

2015-02-18 00:00

CO-OPERATIVE Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa ­Dube-Ncube cracked the whip yesterday, calling lazy civil servants to heel.

Potholes, uncut grass, burst water and sewerage pipes had so raised the ire of the MEC that she issued and order to hundreds of civil servants from 61 municipalities to pull up their socks.

Dube-Ncube was speaking at the launch of the Back to Basics Programme at the Royal Agricultural Grounds in ­Pietermaritzburg.

The programme is aimed at ­rejuvenating the manner in which services are delivered around the province.

Dube-Ncube said: “How many more millions of rands in payouts to victims of pothole accidents? Where were the civil servants who were supposed to fix those potholes?” she questioned.

“Where are the civil servants who are supposed to make sure grass is cut and waste is collected on time. This is not the way that we are supposed to be running our municipalities,” she said.

She said her department would be paying unannounced visits to various municipalities around the province to ensure that government employees were doing their jobs.

KZN Premier Senzo Mchunu outlined the five pillars of the programme, which included putting people first and creating “decent living conditions by consistently delivering municipal services to the right quality and standards”.

“Municipalities need to be well ­governed and demonstrate this good governance and administration by ­cutting wastage, spending public ­money prudently, hiring competent staff and ensuring transparency and ­accountability,” he said.

“We need you to make sure that ­resources are prudently managed so as to sustainably deliver services and bring development to communities.

“We also need to build and maintain sound institutional and administrative capabilities, administered and ­managed by dedicated and skilled ­personnel at all levels,” he added.


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