DA: Presidency's spending up by 74%

2011-09-01 20:28

Cape Town - The presidency's 2010/11 annual report released on Thursday shows that the department has "excelled at increasing the size of its budget, but not the quality of its performance", the Democratic Alliance said.

Between 2009/10 and 2010/11, the presidency's spending increased by 74%, DA parliamentary leader Athol Trollip said in a statement.

However, according to the auditor general's report, even the most basic regulatory processes were still not being followed, he said.

"Despite spending over R61m on travel and subsistence, and almost R500m on the largely ANC Youth League-controlled National Youth Development Agency [NYDA] over the past financial year, the presidency was unable to develop a satisfactory strategic plan or implement sufficient performance monitoring procedures.

"How did this happen, given that the presidency includes the department of performance monitoring and evaluation, which is supposed to evaluate the performance of the entire national government?" he asked.

The greatest impediment to the presidency's improved performance was the absence of regular oversight by a dedicated portfolio committee.

Without constant parliamentary scrutiny to keep the department on the right track, the disjuncture between its vast budget and its underwhelming contribution to improving government performance would continue.

"More than a year ago, I proposed that a presidential portfolio committee be established to oversee the activities of the presidency.

"The ANC has subsequently sought to bury this proposal in Parliament. I will be using the opportunity presented by [the] release of the presidency's annual report, and the concerning trends this report highlights, to put this proposal back on the parliamentary agenda," Trollip said.

  • Wishbone - 2011-09-01 20:42

    The performance of the entire cANCerous government is underwhelming to put it politely. They seem to spend tens of millions of Rands like the average citizen spends R10. Surely something's gotta give!?!

      White Knight - 2011-09-01 21:05

      Yeh ..You and I are giving giving giving and they are taking taking taking ---- all the time. we should march about this

      Komasa - 2011-09-01 21:18

      Yes @White Knight don your shining armour and march like a true royalist.

      Spyker May - 2011-09-01 22:14

      "...R500m on the largely ANC Youth League-controlled National Youth Development Agency [NYDA]..." The NYDA is one of the two budgets that have ZERO control. Eg the Minister of Finance, when questioned about the NYDA budget (during the last budget speeach), just said - "ASK THE PRESIDENT". NYDA = of course, the Juju CASH DEPOT. Eg -- approximately 90% (not 9%, NO, 90% !!) of the loans granted by the NYDA, NEVER.., YES NEVER.., gets payed back. In my opinion, the money he steals from tax-payers, via tenders (eg Limpopo Prov), is merely the cream on top of his fetid corrupt cash cesspool. Malema probably sits on around R 50 million (ie only 10% of the NYDA expenditure) - stashed away in a plethora 'rat'-holes. This is the reason he need a small army of body-guards and a bunker (viz his own bank vault), because he sits on such a mountain of cash. He has modelled his entire future on the Gaddafi/'s way. What drives me up the wall, is the fact that Zuma himself was so continentally braindead, he created a monster that can now buy almost anybody - INCLUDING THE CURRENT PUBLIC PROTECTOR (yes, you better believe it..!). Zuma is now exactly where Mbeki was during the last Rugby World Cup (just a casual coincidence, don't worry). Mbeki could not touch Zuma because he was/is just as corrupt - neither can Zuma touch the Trust Fund Toddler. The frightening reality though - the one who could not make a chair at school has only started.

      Spyker May - 2011-09-01 22:14

      I challenge the DA to tell us how they are going to get MY tax-money back. They are the ones who said we must trust in the “democratic process”, that we must do our democratic duty and VOTE, they will do the rest... Ye, @#$%^$# right – all I see is talk.., talk.., talk.., while the fat, feckless, ex-cattle-herders, -gardeners, -domestic servants and those who could not make a chair at school, simply wipe their fetid bottoms in the faces of tax-payers, laughing us off. When you express your frustrations, your comments get removed or you are branded a racist – not only by the sub-intellects posting here (ie those who are themselves probably parasiting off the NYDA budget – directly or indirectly, or some other form of corruption that is stealing tax-payers’ money), but by the ANC regime itself. It is time for us to take physical action. THERE IS NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION. SA is NOT a democracy – in a democracy the majority of people pay tax. Government ‘works’ programs will change NOTHING – the majority will simply continue to parasite off tax-money. We have to institute our own representation: 1st sue the government for damages. Then the 10% who pays 90% of the tax must withdraw from the economy until it grins to a halt and the fiscus runs dry.

      Wishbone - 2011-09-01 22:18

      @Spyker May. I agree with your sentiments. Somehow, as taxpayers, we need to teach these thieves that it's not OK to loot the fiscus - by withholding tax!

      ANC support - 2011-09-02 07:13

      Let's march! All willing marchers please reply.

      WCD - 2011-09-02 08:50

      The anc is like a woman ... " I think of a man, and take away accountability and reason ..." Jack Nicholson - (As good as it gets) Now i'm gonna get it...

  • Robi - 2011-09-01 20:42

    It is very suprising how the politicians spend public funds. Public employees increase was just a mere 6.8% for this year whereas Politicians increased their spending by 74%. If it can be visa versa, 6.8 for politicians, and 74 for hardworking employees,there can be much differrences to everyone. In term of some charter, the wealth of the country shall be shared equal. In terms of our freedom, the wealth of the country will be shared by Politicians among themselves including their next of kins and friends,

      Netherlander - 2011-09-01 23:30

      The MONEY is question was NOT EARNED by the "PRESIDENCY".... and that is the reason they spend it like it's the last night on earth!!!! They have NEVER HAD MONEY LIKE THAT TO SPEND, and is a bit OVERWHELMING to say the least..... Now they STUFF WHAT EVER THEY FIT INTO THEIR POCKETS, BANK ACCOUNTS, TRUST FUNDS etc!!!! You recall that old saying about "TAKING THEM OUT THE BUSH...."... the headline is PROOF!

      ANC support - 2011-09-02 07:14

      Let's march! All willing marchers please reply.

  • Al Chemist - 2011-09-01 20:44

    What do you expect when you have to travel with 6 wives

      White Knight - 2011-09-01 21:07

      what a dick!

      Al Chemist - 2011-09-01 21:13

      Sorry, 7 wives... must have missed a wedding somewhere

      ANC support - 2011-09-02 07:14

      Let's march! All willing marchers please reply.

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-24 13:54

      @ANC support. You sir are a troll and a simpleton. Damn ANC support , save beautiful South Africa !

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-09-01 20:47

    And why is this a surprise? Jacob has 7 wifes,25 kids that we know off?! JZ spends 90% overseas,shopping with public's money. ANC are masters in corruption and incompetancy!

      Netherlander - 2011-09-01 23:32

      He is ALLOWED to travel, as MUCH AS HE WANTS... as long as he LEAVES HIS MINISTERS and ANC CADRE'S, FREE TO STEAL and PLUNDER....

  • AceOfSpades - 2011-09-01 21:04

    The ANC can effectively do what they want. As some black commenters on News24 have said, they'll vote ANC forever no matter what. With such loyal support it's unlikely the ANC regime will improve on it's performance.

      ANC support - 2011-09-02 07:16

      Let's march! All willing marchers please reply.

      chan chan - 2011-09-02 08:51

      this situation requires a rash solution - with hold taxes and pay the taxes to a community organisation who can manage the funds and give detailed reports on spending and incoming every month. if the ANC does not recieve taxes for 3 months the whole system will crumble, the top guys will rape what every the can within the following 6 months and the government will be left with nothing. funny how out of the 22.5% of people that actual pay taxes, probably 18% of them dont want the ANC in charge. if it was up to the tax payers the DA would most likely be in change. we dont need to riot or make a huge scene, all we need to do it stop our companys paying taxes, a collected effort will ensure the down fall of the government, and if you choose to pay tax to local company to manage funds then u will receive the service you are ment to from the tax !!

  • Sit-hole - 2011-09-01 21:05

    DA is SA's only hope

      braveinternetguy - 2011-09-01 21:25


      ANC support - 2011-09-02 07:15

      Let's march! All willing marchers please reply.

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-24 13:55

      @ANC support. Is that all you can do , copy and paste ? Damn ANC support , South beautiful South Africa !

  • R.Suppards - 2011-09-01 21:09

    JZ & Co. had to obtain a wider, longer, deeper trough.

  • rasklot - 2011-09-01 21:09

    Good idea Mr. Trollip, "put the proposal back on the agenda" lets see where it was shelved next year.

  • Komasa - 2011-09-01 21:09

    Rich coming from someone whose travel claims exceed R168 000 per annum, the number two in the rankings of excessive claims. Before you put your foot in your mouth, similar to your reference to afrikaners and Nazi's, make sure your own patch is squeaky clean.

      braveinternetguy - 2011-09-01 21:24


      Withond - 2011-09-01 21:48

      How is your statement related to the article? Where were you?

      vtowntekkie - 2011-09-01 22:11


      Komasa - 2011-09-01 22:33

      Atholl Trollip 'a' hole.

      Netherlander - 2011-09-01 23:33

      Komasa.... TROLL!!!

      ANC support - 2011-09-02 07:15

      Let's march! All willing marchers please reply.

      D-man - 2011-09-02 08:20

      Komasa, your comment has nothing to do with this artical. Just crawl back where u came from and read the artical properly.

  • AA - 2011-09-01 21:17

    500M on that pathetic, useless YDA when there are houses to be built and services to be rendered. This money could have gone into job creation, hospitals, education.

  • braveinternetguy - 2011-09-01 21:23

    If, say, the ANC has mortally wounded SA, then the ANCYL is poised to strike the fatal blow. There are two very distinct futures for SA. We're fast on our way to the wrong one.

      Komasa - 2011-09-01 21:34

      Sometimes I have to agree with you. There is a very dangerous under current at the moment and one has to wonder whether this is going to escalate to the point of mass violence.

      ANC support - 2011-09-02 07:15

      Let's march! All willing marchers please reply.

  • Democrat - 2011-09-01 21:48

    And it is suggested that the whites of this country pay a once off reparations tax!!

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-24 14:01

      And that's not racist at all , hey . I was 14 when we became a democracy , do I pay the TAX ! Damn the reparations tax , save the endangered South Africa White.

  • motsokwi - 2011-09-01 22:03


      Shrike - 2011-09-01 22:31

      Even when the truth is staring you in the face you still insist on blowing the trumpet of ignorance...... You really are a classic nut job arn't you?

      Go - 2011-11-24 11:59

      @motsokwa, open you eyes - dork !!!!!

  • vtowntekkie - 2011-09-01 22:12

    Give your grade 3 child your credit card and see what happens!!!!

      Netherlander - 2011-09-01 23:35

      And a PLATINUM ONE TOO!!!

      ANC support - 2011-09-02 07:16

      Let's march! All willing marchers please reply.

  • Vince York - 2011-09-02 07:09

    Has anyone ever heard of a deployed cadre "choking on the gravy"?

  • Mnumzane - 2011-09-02 07:25

    Now I see Trollip, the only thing you want is the Presideential Portfolio Committee. If it can be formed you will be over the moon celebrating that you have made change. Wow, some people like attention.

  • P-JB - 2011-09-02 08:18

    This is why there is never money to spend on any of the real issues. This is why the have-nots will never have. It doesn’t matter how much money is taken from the imperialists to give to the poor have-nots, they will never get to see any of it. This is wasteful spending of the imperialists’ hard earned tax money. This government is just another black African bottomless pit and if they don’t stop lining there own pockets and actually start taking care of business, SA will continue on the same road as Zimbabwe.

  • Phiwe - 2011-09-02 09:34

    People say invest in the youth when you do they complain, when you dont they complain. With youth unemployment astronomically high in SA i would welcome more spending to develop the youth. It's a worth while spend. However, people object simply because the article author deliberately, knowing how impressionable people are, decided to add that it is controlled by the ANCYL. I only counted two out of a board of 8 people. And of course before anyone can be sure of anything, we need full information. Which sadly news24 does not provide, except for anecdotes here and there. They dont say where the money is spent, they just say more money has been spent. And they feed on the cynicism of it's customers.

  • Zebelon - 2011-09-02 17:28

    Everything connected with the appellation,President, has a huge increase, like the government budget for presidential spousal upkeep multiplied by four.

  • Grant - 2011-11-24 12:03

    These guys have no shame.. the same people on here defending them are also being stolen from!! How do they NOT SEE it?

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