Give public protector more money - EFF

2015-10-16 14:23
Thuli Madonsela (Lerato Maduna, Netwerk24)

Thuli Madonsela (Lerato Maduna, Netwerk24)

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Cape Town - The public protector's office needs more money to carry out its mandate and get its financials in order, or else government is setting them up to fail.

This is according to Economic Freedom Fighters MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, who was speaking during a Justice and Correctional Services committee meeting in Parliament on Friday.

The office of the public protector (OPP) was giving an overview of its annual performance to the committee, led by Deputy Public Protector Advocate Kevin Malunga.

The public protector was found by the Auditor General to have a recurring deficit of R18m as well as administrative issues, including non-payment of creditors in a 30-day period.

Ndlozi told the committee the critical reason why the financials were not in order was because they did not have adequate funding.

"They are overburdened with cases. That's the core of their mandates. They are understaffed. If you are going to save the financials of this entity... either you fund it, or you tell it not to do the work at the volumes they are doing.

"It is either we give them more money, or they will always be in this situation. There are no perfect financial systems for an overburdened entity. We need to give them more money and I think we should because they are demonstrating much more attention to detail in this financial year," he said.

When MPs questioned the deficit, Ndlozi said it was unfair to focus on that.

"They are beginning to address it. I don't know why we are not scrapping it. We need to give them more money, otherwise we are setting them up for failure.”

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