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Financial concerns - government steps in

2011-12-05 22:25

Cape Town - The national government is to intervene in the Free State, Gauteng and Limpopo under the Constitution, the Cabinet decided on Monday.

The Cabinet had been concerned about the state of financial management and governance in certain provinces for some time, government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said in a statement following a special meeting of the executive.

It had received reports on trends in provincial underspending, overspending, and problems with supply chain management, he said.

Having considered the situation in some of the provinces, the Cabinet had decided that the Limpopo provincial government be placed under a section 100(1)(b) intervention of the Constitution.

Free State would be placed under section 100(1)(a) intervention of the Constitution.

The Gauteng premier would sign an agreement with the ministers of health and finance to address financial management problems in the provincial health department and other matters, Manyi said.

Forensic investigations

Forensic investigations with strict timelines would be carried out and there should be consequences for any illegal conduct or maladministration that might be uncovered in the course of such investigation.

MECs, heads of department, chief financial officers and any other appropriate official would be replaced by national acting deployees on a case by case basis.

A monitoring committee would be formed under the leadership of National Treasury and would consist of various ministries.

These included higher education and training, basic education, transport, health, public works, justice, public service and administration.

The committee would be empowered to co-opt any other ministry as it deemed appropriate.

Limpopo

In Limpopo, members of the national executive would assume responsibility for certain departments in line with section 100(1)(b).

These were the provincial treasury, education, transport and roads, health and public works.

Free State

In the Free State, with the agreement of the premier, directives would be issued in line with section 100(1)(a) by the relevant members of the national executive for certain departments.

These were the provincial treasury and police, roads and transport.

Gauteng

In Gauteng, the health department had been facing chronic problems with large accruals and other financial issues. The ministers of health and finance would assist the premier and MEC with financial management issues and supply chain management issues.

In addition, urgent action would be taken in respect of the Gauteng shared services centre, Manyi said.

Comments
  • Dave - 2011-12-05 23:33

    The ANC should call in SAB, as the ANC can not organise a piss up in a brewery, let the guys with the accumen, have a say.

  • Dave - 2011-12-05 23:36

    I have come to the conclusion that racists have a point.

  • Bob - 2011-12-05 23:38

    People should take heed of what Dr James Watson said! Instead he was chastised for speaking out about his forthright findings. The Bell curve phenomenon is real, it is a scientifically proven fact. Historical track records of past African countries failures are facts that cannot be disputed. Whatever they touch…they break! Period!

      Silver - 2011-12-06 07:48

      Innocent was a farm worker. He got instruction to fill a pit. At about 6 meters deep Innocent fell into the pit. The farmer passed the pit shortly afterwards and saw Innocent in the pit and asked: “Innocent you Ok? Did you break anything?” Innocent replied: “No boss, I haven’t been down here long enough to break anything.” His surname was Zulu oddly enough.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2011-12-06 08:28

      Ai Piet. The only reason why who could think of telling your story is to generalized. I tell you what. You and Innocent Zulu keep on digging and the rest of us will try to sort these problems out.

  • Doublepost - 2011-12-05 23:51

    Ah yes, let us send in the ANC to sort out the corruption and mismanagement of tax payer funds in these provinces, as they are best suited to the task! Who better to catch corrupt politicians than corrupt politicians? What could possibly go wrong?!

      Anthony - 2011-12-06 06:16

      spot on thinking on the same lines. give or take 6 mounths to find someone to replace them,

      Peter - 2011-12-06 09:07

      Nice one, we had a similar thought. Cause all are corrupt, nobody gets fired. Redeployment to another province, and milk it dry as well. Send our precious Public Protector in there, she will sort it out.

  • Dave - 2011-12-06 00:05

    This convocation is to be held at "THE WORLD OF BEER" in Newtown, as we all know,the ANC could not organise a piss up in a brewery.

  • Louis - 2011-12-06 00:11

    This is another example of Ineptocracy- a system of government where the least capable to lead, are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

      Peter - 2011-12-06 09:40

      @Louis That is the most accurate and appropriate description of the RSA circumstances which currently prevail. Very clever post Louis.

  • TawwaTienie - 2011-12-06 01:54

    Hoe ondersoek 'n korrupte staat die korrupte provinsiale regerings? Die ander volg binnekort/ Munisipaliteite is al toe, so hulle volg dieselfde pad Wonder waar is werkskepping en BEE nou heen? Watter drein gaan die land dit soek?

  • Deeteem - 2011-12-06 04:47

    Crisis ........ what crisis !!

  • CALAMITYSA - 2011-12-06 04:59

    Now you must realise the MISmanagement all over Jimmy. Let us rather help each other to make SA a better place Jimmy! Or is it reverse apartheid? Maybe in a few years time the NEW government can blame the ANC's BLINDNESS for the mess.

  • CALAMITYSA - 2011-12-06 05:03

    These were the provincial treasury, education, transport and roads, health and public works. - In LIMPOPO Jimmy? Is not this where Juju has got all the tenders for the roads?

  • CALAMITYSA - 2011-12-06 05:10

    The only beneficiaries of this mess is the forensic experts and consultants - and then they can not even finalise the inquests! When will we hear about the Malenama grandmother TRUST? "Forensic investigations with strict timelines would be carried out and there should be consequences for any illegal conduct or maladministration that might be uncovered in the course of such investigation" "MECs, heads of department, chief financial officers and any other appropriate official would be replaced by national acting deployees on a case by case basis" Please keep us updated Jimmy - the ACT is not through yet!

  • Larry - 2011-12-06 06:34

    Now, who is going to step in to sort out the financial mismanagement of the Government, which is as much a shambles as the Provinces.

  • malcolm - 2011-12-06 06:55

    So basically the most corrupt government in the world wants to intervene at a provincial governance level to sort out corruption. There must be a hidden agenda.

      pws69 - 2011-12-06 07:05

      Yes there is, massive centralisation of power, so the elite can steal even more. This is one way of achieving this aim. Note also that if they are successful, you won't be able to have DA (or other opposition party) provinces. A one party state dictatorship achieved by ensuring massively corrupt and incompetent people create the environment for it.

  • pws69 - 2011-12-06 06:58

    It was reported a few weeks ago that in several ANC municipalities placed under administration that corruption and incompetence INCREASED. Can we expect the same here? A revolving door of the corrupt, each eating from the diminishing pie.

  • Ken - 2011-12-06 07:09

    get the dirt to on certain individuals to secure their forthcoming votes for Zuma?

  • Jacques - 2011-12-06 07:49

    I recently found a website called Mobilitate (www.mobilitate.co.za) - They are all about transparency, please go and sign up (it is free) and go and have your say! We all need to stand together!

  • Piet - 2011-12-06 07:53

    But firing the incompetent officials is not a consideration! WTF!!!!

  • Vince.York - 2011-12-06 08:11

    Isn't Limpopo that seed-bed of ultra rich supa-kwik transformed enriched black youth that have decently escalated the cost of rates and services for the residents for the next 7 generations by somewhat 67% these past couple of years. OR is all that just ordinary redistribution of untraceable wealth and mostly propped up by the nearby zanu-pf diamond slush funds? NEVER MIND - the tax payers of South Africa are back to the rescue again with this intervention and will continue bailing these excellent trenderpreneurial politically connected stalwarts out - suspended or not THEIR ILL BEGOTTEN GAINS ARE PROTECTED.

  • Andre - 2011-12-06 08:11

    What a disgrace! I wish the ANC can get in their heads that cadre-deployment has caused the collapse of just about every national institution. But still eish, they cannot understand! They have confirmed it over and over that they are incapable of governing.

  • Braam - 2011-12-06 08:37

    Ok, so we're deploying people to these provinces, are we firing the incompetent people they are replacing?!?!

  • nadia.chotu - 2011-12-06 09:05

    If the "Cabinet had been concerned about the state of financial management and governance in certain provinces for some time" what exactly have they done to address it before resorting to this drastic measure.In terms of our constitution there are supposed to be three tiers of "government". Provincial and local government are spheres of government are supposed to autonomous and distinct from national government . So what happens now when the lines become scewed to such an extent. This is why the Protection of State Information Bill is such a travesty.

  • Zanele - 2011-12-06 09:40

    We as citizens need to stand together to fight the corruption and the things that prevent us from getting good services from the government. We are all entitled to living in good conditions but we are not because we are not doing anything about it. instead of complaining about it, do something about it. I send all my issues to Mobilitate and must say that the feedback I got was good.

  • Gerhard - 2011-12-06 12:52

    So now we are creating committees to oversee other committees. Is that not the way downwards? It plain and simply shows that the first people, elected or appointed are still not able to do the job even after a few years in office. Mediocrity heaped on mediocrity. Zuma and the ANC should abdicate and resign.

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