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Presidency spends R61m on travel - DA

2011-09-01 19:09

Johannesburg - The presidency has spent over R61m on travel and subsistence in the 2010/11 year, the Democratic Alliance says.

The party was commenting on the presidency's 2010/11 Annual Report, released on Thursday.

According to the DA's Athol Trollip, the report indicated that the presidency had "excelled at increasing the size of its budget, but not the quality of its performance."

Trollip said that between 2009/10 and 2010/11, the presidency's expenditure had increased by 74%.

However, according to the Auditor General's report, even the most basic regulatory processes were still not being followed, Trollip added.

"Despite spending over R61m on travel and subsistence, and almost R500m on the largely ANC Youth League-controlled National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), over the last financial year the presidency was unable to develop a satisfactory strategic plan, or implement sufficient performance monitoring procedures.

"How did this happen, given that the presidency includes the department of performance monitoring and evaluation, which is supposed to evaluate the performance of the entire national government?"

Trollip said the greatest impediment to the presidency's improved performance was the absence of regular oversight by a dedicated portfolio committee.

"Without constant parliamentary scrutiny to keep the department on the right track, the disjuncture between its vast budget and its underwhelming contribution to improving government performance will continue."

More than a year ago, Trollip proposed that a presidential portfolio committee be established to oversee the activities of the Presidency.

"The ANC has subsequently sought to bury this proposal in Parliament.

"I will be using the opportunity presented by today's release of the Presidency's annual report - and the concerning trends this report highlights - to put this proposal back on the parliamentary agenda."

Furthermore, Trollip would be submitting a series of questions to President Jacob Zuma and Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane about areas of concern raised by the auditor general, and to interrogate the reasons for the Presidency's significant expenditure increase over the past financial year.

Comments
  • GTA_Lad - 2011-09-01 19:28

    They know how to waste money and that's it

      Met - 2011-09-01 19:50

      Does that include what is spent on shopping by the very extended family? He travels more than the Foreign minister and I am yet to see the benefits.

      Schalk - 2011-09-01 20:10

      "Trollip said the greatest impediment to the presidency's improved performance was the absence of regular oversight by a dedicated portfolio committee." No, my friend, the greatest impediment to the presidency's improved performance is a basic lack of competence and morals. Besides, you'll probably need another committee with a number of subcommittees to oversee the dedicated portfolio committee. PS: to see JZ at his best, check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYnyk98iqCQ. Seems like living the good life has a negative effect on your traditional dancing. :-D

      Scorpion - 2011-09-01 20:20

      Eish no man Schalk. This video is bad man. These guys really are so primitive. These people are still in the dark ages.It's no wonder they do not know what they are doing in parliment.

      JohannV - 2011-09-01 20:29

      "...the presidency had "excelled at increasing the size of its budget, but not the quality of its performance." " Love it!

      Hope123 - 2011-09-01 21:57

      Oh how these black ANC government officials must hate the few remaining white people/media/business, nagging, telling, checking, exposing and irritating them? Oh how they love Malema on the side, him talking and planning things they only dream of doing.

      Mantsho - 2011-12-06 21:13

      The poor will continue to suffer under this goverment,l wonder if they really care about the majority of South Africans who live in poor conditions,no houses,no electricity,no food and no work,really Zuma is not fit to be President.

  • frankm - 2011-09-01 19:36

    I hope they have some money left to pay for the damages in Johannesburg this week due to their kids (youth) behaviour

  • Danny - 2011-09-01 19:37

    What would the world do without Zuma jetting around solving all its problems!

  • BryanJhb - 2011-09-01 19:44

    U need to buy showerheads and I guess they r expensive!

  • letsee - 2011-09-01 19:45

    Are you out of your mind? If they don't spend that money they would have to give it to something to assist the poor.

  • Scorpion - 2011-09-01 19:49

    That is disgusting. Eish ! And these ministers are also the highest paid in the world. Typical. they eat cake while their voters suffer. The ANC knows no shame! They are a failure. Down with the ANC! Down!

  • Boxxer - 2011-09-01 19:53

    Hitch-hiking is way cheaper.

  • Harambe - 2011-09-01 20:01

    The Presidency is not immune to responsible public funds management. The DA will make it a point though that they score political points on ANC frailties.

  • Mike - 2011-09-01 20:20

    Despite spending over R61m on travel and subsistence, and almost R500m on the largely ANC Youth League-controlled National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), over the last financial year the presidency was unable to develop a satisfactory strategic plan, or implement sufficient performance monitoring procedures.

  • Mundu - 2011-09-01 20:27

    The real issue is the 74% increase year on year and nothing to show for it except more deterioration of life for the average South Africa. Why aren't the "grass roots" ticked off about that? Stop voting for these hogs FFS!

  • Robi - 2011-09-01 20:28

    how many RDP houses can 61m buy. Based on willing buyer willing seller policy, how many farms or plots 61 m buy to relocate some of desperate communities. Spending without proper planning is equal to corruption. Always leaders must remember those who put them in power. whatever cent spends, remember what can be done best to provide services, than servicing oneself. As long as leaders behave that way, people will keep on waiting for services delivery

  • numbatoo - 2011-09-01 20:42

    And this is before all the limo's are put on standbye for JZ entourage for shopping around the country... next year beeg budget!

  • Ebutu - 2011-10-09 12:42

    @Met: You must think about joining the ANCYL, we need one or two whites who will support the great visionary leader Julius Malema. You dont have to be afraid - just pay your wealth tax. White peepople have lived in luxury for too long. Now it;s the balck youth's turn and you all become vocal about expidture. How musch did your beloved PW Botha send on his regime??? Met - Pay your wealth tax; invite two black familes inot your home and we can all enjoy braaivleis and brandy and coke together. VIVA Malema - a speedy recovery comrade

  • Cullid - 2011-10-09 17:32

    It's funny how you seldomly read "Presidency spent R61m to improve education system." in the news.

  • Peter - 2011-12-07 07:36

    How much of this money is actually spent by these thieves putting all the dirty business through theie friends companies or their own companies

  • Jason - 2011-12-07 10:03

    61 Mil here - another 180 Mill there, and the masses suffer, well done ANC well done - you are slowly but surely digging yourself a fat f*cken grave, cant wait to see you useless bastards go down!!

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