KZN dept slammed for missing deadline
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.