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2015-11-26 11:31

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Pietermaritzburg - Uncertainties around the future of certain members of the provincial cabinet will hinder service delivery, DA legislature leader Sizwe Mchunu said on Wednesday.

Delivering the DA’s annual KZN cabinet report cards, Mchunu said “turmoil in the ANC had contributed to areas of non-performance in the provincial government”.

Mchunu said some MECs could not account to the legislature as they were busy with political ambitions.

“Before the ANC conference, portfolio meetings were cancelled without proper explanation being given,” he said.

Mchunu said the provincial cabinet remained divided “with MECs still operating in isolation”.

“There is huge uncertainty around the stability of our cabinet. We are told by certain sources that there is indeed going to be reshuffling in the cabinet.”

The ANC has confirmed that its new provincial chairman Sihle Zikalalala will be deployed to the legislature.

“That on its own leaves a level of uncertainty in a sense that MECs do not know whether they would hold on to their positions or will be sacked.

“We also do not know whether there could be a change in the position of the premier. There are rumours that Nomusa Dube-Ncube or Willies Mchunu could emerge as premier if the current premier is redeployed,” he said.

The lowest scorer in the DA’s score card was Willies Mchunu, who scored 1/10 on his capacity as MEC for Community Safety and Liaison and scored 3/10 in his capacity as MEC for Transport. The DA said the MEC had only attended one out of five portfolio committee meetings this year.

“The MEC seems to be overwhelmed by internal ANC politics, which has kept him away from his core duty of steering his department,” he said.

Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo achieved only 2/10.

“The auditor-general added two audit queries to the previous list and cited poor leadership under MEC Dhlomo as one of the reasons for this. Irregular expenditure [in his department] increased to over R850 million.

“This year the MEC presided over critical medicines shortages, which he failed to take ownership of,” said Mchunu.

Speaker Lydia Johnson, MEC for Social Development Weziwe Thusi and MEC for Arts and Culture Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha all scored 3/10 while Education MEC Peggy Nkonyeni scored 4/10.

MEC for Economic Development Mike Mabuyakhulu, MEC for Cogta Nomusa Dube-Ncube, MEC for Human Settlements Ravi Pillay, MEC for Sport and Recreation Sibhidla-Saphetha all scored 5/10, while premier Senzo Mchunu got 6/10.

Top achievers were Finance MEC Belinda Scott, MEC for Public Works Ravi Pillay and Agriculture MEC Cyril Xaba who all scored 7/10.

Mchunu raised concerns over Xaba’s “silence” on issues pertaining to the drought and the decline in attendance of portfolio committee meetings by Scott.

• sabelo.nsele@witness.co.za

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