Xingwana, staff shown the door

2013-02-28 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities and her departmental delegation were shown the door at Parliament yesterday.

Impatient MPs, including ANC members, sent minister Lulu Xingwana and her staff back to fix their much delayed report on the department’s turn-around strategy.

They had already been given extra time to submit the report in December last year, but the documents the MPs received to prepare informed questions were delivered only the evening before she was to submit her report.

Parliamentary rules stipulate MPs must receive documents at least 48 hours before a meeting.

The IFP’s Liezel van der Merwe said Xingwana’s documents were in such disarray she could not make head nor tail of them.

Xingwana apologised on behalf of her department and asked permission to submit only “a preliminary report”. She added she realised this was unacceptable, but her department had “worked hard”.

After more than an hour of debating the issue, the DA walked out of the meeting.

UCDP MP Celia Ditshetelo said the department did not take itself seriously, which was why other people also did not view the department in a serious light.

The DA’s Helen Lamoela asked for the department to be suspended so that its budget of R198,3 million could be better spent.

She said the department has in its short existence received more than half-a-billion rand with nothing to show for it except glitzy parties, overseas trips and designer furniture.

Lamoela said the money could have trained 16 000 specialised detectives or built 20 police stations.

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