Cadre deployment blamed for crisis

2011-12-06 14:04

Johannesburg - Cadre deployment has led to the government's intervention in three provinces under national government control, opposition parties said on Tuesday.

"The actual problem is the ANC’s policy of cadre deployment, with too few capable cadres to cover all governing fronts, many of which should actually be managed by apolitical technocrats," said Christian Democratic Party (CDP) leader Theunis Botha.

"In fact, this was admitted in the 2010 report of the ANC’s subcommittee on provincial and local government," he added.

Democratic Alliance member of the Gauteng provincial legislature Mike Moriarty said employing incompetent people was holding the province back.

"Gauteng's inability to carry out infrastructure projects arises from incompetent people presiding over the portfolio of projects that must be carried out. It is not a lack of money that is the problem, but rather an inability to manage projects.

"The only effective way to deal with such problems is to discipline non-performers and hire competent people, not cadres," he said.

Crippling service delivery problems

On Monday, Cabinet announced that the national government would intervene in some areas of the Free State, the health department in Gauteng, and five provincial departments in Limpopo under the Constitution.

Business Day suggested on Wednesday that national government's move to take control of five provincial departments in Limpopo was partly to fix crippling service delivery problems but also a political move.

It would allegedly strengthen President Jacob Zuma's hand in the political infighting with Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale, who supports ANC Youth League president Julius Malema.

The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) welcomed Cabinet's move.

"We have in the past called for thorough-going investigations into some Limpopo departments and we would be happy for any bail-out to be linked to arrests and the dismissal of the culprits behind the mess," Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven said.

"We are marching in Limpopo against corruption, and must emphasise that our march has nothing to do with ANC factional battles linked to the ANC conference," he said.

Political responsibility

Moriarty said Cabinet had recognised that nothing had improved in the provincial health department despite measures put in place by Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane.

"Premier Mokonyane's government has tried several ways to deal with problems that have been around for years. Whatever they have done has not worked, and the Cabinet has obviously recognised this," he said.

"This includes Operation Badhala, a review of the Gauteng Shared Service Centre (GSSC) and increased capacity in various line departments."

Cosatu called for political responsibility for the situation. "We insist there must be political responsibility. We call for the arrest of the MEC responsible for the crisis that Gauteng residents have to live with, though we believe that the current MEC of health inherited this mess from the previous MEC, Brian Hlongwa," Craven said.

"The Gauteng department of health has moved from being one of the best in the country to the current crisis - flea-ridden premises, overloaded staff and unpaid doctors, and a failure to pay service providers on time, leading to chronic shortage of medicines and other essentials.

Craven added: "Cosatu is determined to put a stop to corruption, maladministration and the misuse of public funds and will support the government's welcome strong steps to stop the rot."

  • Fenderbender - 2011-12-06 14:28

    They are all rotten to the core

  • Maai - 2011-12-06 14:33

    You can bet these cadres are living in luxury though. Hahahaha I can only laugh at the moronic masses that support the ANC.

      Irene - 2011-12-06 15:13

      It defies belief. Maybe the victim mentality is part of the genes.

      JuditVictor - 2011-12-09 12:16

      That I don't understand it why do they still use titles such as Comrade and Cadre? So is this country essentially communist or isn't it? If I were Russia I would be really ashamed of corrupt people calling themselves comrades (a name really born in Russia) still today - is it to honour the Russians? What is wrong with Mr. and Mrs.? This over-honouring of people among each other gives me the creeps. I can understand if someone fought in some trench with a buddy and calls him comrade, but then why does Julius Malema do it too?

  • elphaas.mgiba - 2011-12-06 14:40

    Limpopo is absolutely a no go zone province, mainly with minimum or no service delivery in some part of the province. What halt the service delivery in Limpopo is selfish and most powerful cadres who are deployed to serve the people of Limpopo, however they took advantage of the corruption and fraud exposed financial/ tender system in place to enrich themselves with the tax payer’s money. All government departments in Limpopo must be put under administration until all the corrupt cadres are exposed and jailed for their mismanagement in the province. ENOUGH WITH CORRUPTION IN LIMPOPO ENOUGH! Comrades, those who comes from Limpopo will agree with me we have the poorest roads and with no infrastructure at all, poverty is becoming a normal syndrome in the African Eden while corruption becomes the new provincial slogan. Heads must roll in Limpopo the time is now, we want our province back in our control all the corrupt cadres must hang themselves the time is now or else YOU will go to jail. ENOUGH WITH CORRUPTION IN LIMPOPO ENOUGH, viva Limpopo viva, phantse nge CORRUPTION phantse

      Angus - 2011-12-06 15:08

      Sorry mate, but the province is in your control. You keep voting ANC and then wonder why the situation never improves. How DOF is that!!!! Every time a cadre get fired or redeployed, another just fills his place and carries on looting. When will you realize that you are the common denominator?

  • Angus - 2011-12-06 15:05

    Quite amazing that the ANc knows that hiring your buddy will kill business & yet they keep making the same mistake. Cadre deployment effectively means more people will be jobless, more people will die of preventable illnesses, more people will live in poverty and more people will continue to suffer endlessly.....UNTIL they wake up and start acting with integrity. At least I can say with confidence that when I die, I think my kids will look back and say their dad left the world in a better place than it was before. Quite the opposite in the case of ANC and their followers..

  • TawwaTienie - 2011-12-16 13:43

    AA and BEE appointments do not have ANY ~~~~~~~ Responsibilities Management Corruption is the only language they know

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