Mchunu noted for absence

2013-11-13 00:00

PREMIER Senzo Mchunu was yesterday accused of being an “absentee premier” after he once again snubbed the portfolio committee that oversees his department.

It all started when opposition parties noted with concern that Mchunu, who was at an Aids Council meeting in Pietermaritzburg, has not attended any meeting of the premier and royal household portfolio committee since he was inaugurated two months ago.

The IFP’s Blessed Gwala said Mchunu was following in the footsteps of his predecessor Zweli Mkhize, who he said had spent a lot of time at the ANC’s Luthuli House and ignored the portfolio committee.

Gwala said the portfolio committee was expected to interact with the premier as the political head of the department rather than only with civil servants.

The DA’s Sizwe Mchunu said: “We feel we are denied the opportunity to play an oversight role. It is the same problem we had with former premier Zweli Mkhize.”

He charged that the portfolio committee has inherited yet another “absentee premier”.

But the assertions made by the opposition were dismissed by ANC committee members.

Lynette Zwane said it was grossly unfair to pass judgment on Mchunu and call him an “absentee” premier.

“We have had one official meeting where we would have expected him to attend.”

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