FS administration met with mixed reaction

2011-12-06 12:38

The placing of two provincial departments in Free State under administration – of which one received a clean audit for the last financial year – have been met with mixed reaction.

The national government announced yesterday that the provincial departments of finance and public works, roads and transport have been put under administration.

Five provincial departments in Limpopo have also been put under administration; and in Gauteng, the premier and MEC of health will be assisted with financial management and supply chain management issues.

Roy Jankielsohn, the DA-leader in Free State, says the inclusion of the finance department came as a shock. He said this department seemed to be the only one to receive good audits.

“I understand why the department of public works, roads and transport has been placed under administration. I just think Cabinet should not just consider the administration side, but also whether departments have the ability to deliver service.”

If this were the case, Jankielsohn said most of the provincial departments would have been put under administration.

Abrie Oosthuizen of the Freedom Front Plus said he thought the provincial department of finance was the best in the country.

“But I understand why it was chosen. Magashule has centralised the budgets of all departments in his office and the national government will have to start somewhere.”

Cope’s Papi Kganare said he was surprised that Premier Ace Magashule was not affected.

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