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Govt contracts may not be public

2010-02-12 14:21

Cape Town - Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane on Friday cast doubt on whether the ministerial performance contracts President Jacob Zuma vaunted in his State of the Nation address would be made public.

Chabane told a media briefing the delivery targets set for ministers would be public knowledge, but responded hesitantly when asked what penalties would apply to members of the executive who failed to achieve them.

"It is the president's call to see what then happens," said Chabane, who is minister for monitoring and performance evaluation.

Punitive measures

"The system is not necessarily based on punitive measures," he added, and suggested failure to meet targets would rather lead to a conclusion that "other action will have to be taken".

Chabane said government had translated its priorities into 12 required and measurable "outcomes" which would form the basis for the president's performance contracts with his ministers.

It was not clear whether these would be "seen" by the public, he said.

In a speech widely criticised as lacking substance, Zuma held up the introduction of the contracts as proof of his administration's eagerness to speed up implementation.

Chabane said the government believed it was implementation, and not policy, that had proved a stumbling block in terms of service delivery and that the monitoring system would be up and running by the end of the current financial year.

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