MPLs criticise ‘lazy’ staff

2011-03-28 00:00

MEMBERS of the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature used Friday’s budget debate to voice their frustration over lazy and incompetent staff.

ANC MPL Priscilla MacKay said that besides the legislature being seriously understaffed, there is also a problem with current staff who do not do their jobs properly. “Some of them behave as if we are incidental in their lives and that we are a nuisance,” she said.

MacKay added that while some staff work well, others take the best accommodation when Parliament goes out to the people.

“They vanish on paydays, go home early on Fridays and disappear on study tours.”

MacKay said the nub of the speaker’s budget speech is that the local parliament is going to perform better. To achieve this there need to be better working relations between staff and members, she said.

She complained that she has repeatedly reported a broken toilet where water is being wasted and nothing has been done.

“There is no soap in the toilet right now and there has not been for the last two weeks. These are things that somebody in the hierarchy of the staff has to take care of,” the MPL added.

She called for a staff organogram so that MPLs would know who does what at the legislature. “We are here to uphold the policies of our government and our parties — to do this we need the necessary support structures. If we do not have effective support staff we cannot be effective legislators,” she said.

Henry Combrinck of the Inkatha Freedom Party said researchers have to be appointed as a mattter of urgency. He said most departments talk “a lot of bull”; committees need to go out to see what is being done and they need expert guidance.

Speaker Neliswa Peggy Nkonyeni agreed that the House needs to strengthen the effectiveness of the committees with the appointment of researchers, content advisors and budget analysts.

She said the human resources manager died last year and a fresh recruitment process was undertaken to find a replacement. Nkonyeni said the new incumbent, in a short space of time, has conducted a skills audit, filled various posts and is advertising further vacancies.

Priscilla MacKay, ANC

Some of them behave as if we are incidental in their lives and that we are a nuisance.

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