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KZN dept slammed for missing deadline

2012-04-10 14:21

Pietermaritzburg - The KwaZulu-Natal social development department on Tuesday was given a two-week deadline to provide a detailed report on its disaster relief efforts.

The order from the finance committee came after the department failed to meet the January 31 deadline for such a report to be provided.

Committee members have expressed concern that the department has constantly deviated from its mandate by spending thousands, if not millions of rands on disasters.

Committee members were concerned in the past year about the department dishing out food parcels, providing tents and even assisting with funerals in some instances.

Members believed that the department should not perform disaster relief tasks as this fell within the mandate of the co-operative governance and traditional affairs department.

“The department has got a long history of performing functions that do not form its core mandate, and this is why we wanted the report and justification for such spending, and I believe by failing to give the report the department is in contempt in January," said Inkatha Freedom Party MPL Roman Liptak

"This department is in contempt of this house.”

Department head Bheki Nkosi - who promised to provide the report before the end of April - conceded that the department may have overstepped its mandate in the past.

Comments
  • Shirley - 2012-04-10 14:40

    Mmmm....I wonder who had the tender for those parcels,tents and who was receiving them! Its so nice to spend money you dont have or which is not yours!

  • dewaldvn - 2012-04-10 15:46

    "Members believed that the department should not perform disaster relief tasks as this fell within the mandate of the co-operative governance and traditional affairs department." This statement just proves that there is even little (to no) understanding of multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary Disaster Risk Reduction. Social Development MUST provide disaster relief of social distress. HOWEVER, there are certainly questions as to WHAT type of relief they are providing, and for how long. The absence of a national disaster relief policy is not helping this process. I would encourage all "Committee" members to go read the Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002, the National Disaster Management Framework as well as the Fundraising Act of 1978 before jumping to such conclusions!

  • Kala - 2012-04-10 16:13

    It would have been far more surprising if the department has met the deadline.

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