MPLs: Our house needs overhaul

2010-11-11 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Legislature is to appoint a multi-party delegation to identify the parts of the KZN Legislature building that need to be upgraded following complaints from its members about its dilapidated state.

This is one of the resolutions taken by the legislature’s finance portfolio committee during the mid-term reviews of the legislature’s budget in Pietermaritzburg yesterday.

The issue of the dilapidated building was raised by portfolio committee chairperson Belinda Scott, and other members agreed with her that steps need to be taken to carry out the repairs since the plan to build a new legislature complex was shelved due to financial constraints.

Scott said, “If we are to stay here longer than foreseen, something needs to be done about the condition of the legislature’s building. The toilets are in a poor state and smell, while the complaints about the foyer have not yet been attended to.

“We also raised concerns about security for members and staff. If the construction of the complex is not going ahead, we have to do something about this situation. Let us fix what we have…”

Another finance portfolio committee member, Makhosi Khoza, said the toilets were worse than public toilets at taxi ranks and she described the chamber’s curtains as a disgrace.

Khoza suggested that the entire legislature precinct needs to undergo transformation.

It was then resolved to set up a multiparty delegation to investigate the matter and recommend action to the legislature.

Another issue which came under discussion was the issue of uniformity with other legislatures when it comes to the provision of “tools of trades” for members.

Presenting the mid-term review, speaker Neliswa Peggy Nkonyeni and legislature secretary Nerusha Govender said a total of R138,3 million was spent during the first half of the financial year against a projected amount for the same period of R154,4 million, representing 90,6% of the projections.

In their presentation they said a total expenditure of R33,5 million is projected against the total budget of R322,1 million, representing a variance of R9,3 million.

This is due to the fact that administration is expected to exceed the allocated budget by R3,1 million due to commitments from previous years.

The budget for facilities for members and political parties is expected to exceed the allocated R120,5 million by R4,8 million.

The direct charge on the Provincial Revenue Fund is expected to exceed the allocated budget of R61,4 million by R1,7 million.

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