Committee sends officials packing

2012-05-15 21:13

Cape Town - Agriculture, forestry, and fisheries department officials were sent packing by a parliamentary committee on Tuesday when they arrived with inadequate information.

National Assembly agriculture, forestry, and fisheries committee chairperson Lulu Johnson said the committee rejected all the reports the department was supposed to have presented on Tuesday.

The committee was sitting together with provincial committees.

Committee members found there was a lack of crucial information in the reports, he said.

"The officials were ordered to go back and only come back with comprehensive reports which will clearly reflect, among other things, achievements, challenges, and failures of the identified programmes."

The department and its provincial heads were supposed to brief the committee on the Comprehensive Agricultural Support Programme, Mafisa, Illima-Letsema, Landcare, and other new programmes.

Did not make sense

Members of the committee told department officials the reports did not make sense, as they did not correspond with what they had seen during oversight visits.

Furthermore, the reports contained only figures, not information relating to what had been achieved and the problems faced.

Johnson told the officials to take the objectives of the programmes seriously.

"Ensure that you understand and you are driven by the objectives of these programmes. Always know that your mandate includes ensuring that these programmes translate into pushing back the frontiers of poverty."

Committee members also expressed their unhappiness about the continued absence of both the minister and the director general whenever the department was required to report to the committee.

Another meeting would be convened before the end of June.

This meeting would include the heads of provincial agriculture departments, the national director general, MECs for agriculture, and the national minister and her deputy, Johnson said.

  • Sharon - 2012-05-15 21:29

    The real surprise would be that a government department actually functions. Now that would be newsworthy!

      Godfrey - 2012-05-15 22:16

      Not fair to expect them to have answers when the boss (Joemat) herself does not have a clue.

      Bokfan - 2012-05-15 22:47

      Joemat Petterson fails again

  • lownabester - 2012-05-15 21:36

    The one that should go is the Tina Joemat Peterson, One of thse most arrogant ministers around, She has no clue what's going on neither in her work or parliment.

  • Dave - 2012-05-15 21:48

    Parliament 1 Cadre Deployment 0

  • berni.venter - 2012-05-15 21:52

    Well if the Minister does not know what is going on in the portfolio she apparently manages how on earth will her subordinates know?

  • Alank1949 - 2012-05-15 22:54

    This is ridiculous, normally in business you have monthly interim reports that are assessed not just a final one that is taken before upper management, in this case Parliament, to have it rejected outright. Looks like the place is in a shambles and obviously has terrible management. Time to clean house and get new blood in there.

  • Thabo - 2012-05-16 00:22

    Now, this is what we call OVERSIGHT!

  • Carry - 2012-05-16 06:20


  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-05-16 07:38

    Maybe the Minister objected to certain members of Parliament being present therefore did not have the full report ready for them as it would have caused her embarrasment!

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