DA asks protector to probe department

2012-08-01 13:03

Johannesburg - The DA has asked Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to investigate the department of women, children and people with disabilities (DWCPD) for failing to deliver on its mandate, it said on Wednesday.

Democratic Alliance MP Helen Lamoela said the party initially made a submission to the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) about what she termed the department's skewed spending priorities.

"The SAHRC has subsequently informed us that our complaint would be best dealt with by the public protector’s office, as the DWCPD's failure to spend its budgets and deliver tangible outcomes in its programme for people with disabilities amounts to maladministration rather than a direct violation of human rights," she said in a statement.

Madonsela's spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi said the DA's submission to the public protector was still being assessed and an announcement would be made on Tuesday.

The department of women, children and people with disabilities said it would co-operate with the public protector.

"We are confident that the report of the public protector will vindicate us and serve as an education tool for Ms Lamoela, who clearly does not understand the mandate and performance of the department," spokesperson Cornelius Monama said in a statement.

He said the department would not "dignify" Lamoela's statements with a public response.

"Our response to the specific allegations made by Ms Lamoela will be submitted directly to the public protector at an appropriate time."

Lamoela said the DA, in its submission, presented evidence of poor financial and administrative management of the DWCPD.

This included 66% underspending in the rights of people with disabilities programme and overspending in the administration programme. The department had also apparently spent 107% of its budget by the third quarter of 2011/12 and overspent 112% on employees' salaries, said Lamoela.

"We hope that the public protector’s investigation brings light to the inefficiencies within the DWCPD and the limited benefit that vulnerable communities have enjoyed from the programmes of this department," she said.

  • luvo.duba - 2012-08-01 13:12

    Sometimes I wish I could make DA the Public protector.

      rbphiri - 2012-08-01 13:27

      Ironically this department deals with disabilities, but they have their own disabilities too.

      nicholas.graan - 2012-08-01 14:19

      I would love to know what the Minister of this obscure department does on a daily basis to earn her lavish salary.

      vluiz - 2012-08-01 14:25

      They practically are. I like their new approach of taking control where the anc have let the public down. Imagine what they could do if they were actually voted into power.

      avuyile.mali.7 - 2012-08-01 14:57

      Would be a blunder, the DA is fine as it is... Who would investigate them when they operate unlawfully which they have shown they can do. Now I do not expect people to think I am comparing the DA to the ANC. But truth is Thuli Madonsela is just the right person for the job and the DA the right tool to speak out! I don't know whether they (DA) are protecting the public or their interests to be in gorvernance, but they are helping in pressurizing the office of the PP to investigate matters.

  • joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-08-01 13:13

    the department's mandate is to enrich the comrade elite. mission accomplished

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-01 13:27

      Exactly, and therefore - aim achieved.

  • Tebz001 - 2012-08-01 13:15

    ANC is making it easy for the DA to take over.

      Khumo Mashifane - 2012-08-01 14:22

      @tebza, i kind of agree with you but that is something that all of us will not witness. maybe our grandchildren

      Erna - 2012-08-01 14:42

      At the rate the anc is messing up, it will be before that!!

      avuyile.mali.7 - 2012-08-01 14:58

      However, will the DA take over?

  • jackal666.daniel - 2012-08-01 13:16

    It seems Cornelius Monama doesn't understand the mandate either nor does he know anything about budgets and accounting. T@ss3r!!!

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-01 13:34

    And of course the ANC arrogance once again comes to the fore. No sign of concern, an apology, or even basic good conscience. Might just as well throw a Zap sign at the SA public - same thing. No accountability, no concern.

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-08-01 13:34

    The PP must first look at why 28 out of the 30 municipalities controlled by the DA recieved didnt recieve good audit reports from the AG! They must first sweep in their door step before becoming adventures with issues that are not concerning them!

      joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-08-01 13:44

      that's right, attack, my little anc sheeple. how dare they ask why a department is filled with usless spears.

      joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-08-01 13:50

      A ‘Clean’ report means that the department practiced sound financial management for the year in question. Their statements were deemed credible and complied with all statutory requirements. In other words, everything was accounted for and all monies were properly spent and managed. •A ‘Qualified Audit Opinion’ indicates that there are certain aspects of the financial statements on which the Auditor-General cannot express an opinion because they are false or incorrect and do not accurately represent how the department spent its money. •When a department receives a ‘Disclaimer of Opinion’ it means that the Auditor-General is unable to express an opinion on the financial statements in their entirety, because the accounting records were not sufficiently completed. A Disclaimer is a serious indictment of a department’s finances. •An ‘Adverse Audit Opinion’ is the worst finding the Auditor-General can make, it indicates that the financial statement of a department do not fairly represent how the department managed its finances.

      Zahir - 2012-08-01 14:17

      Your anc has nationalised corruption DA must expose them

  • chad.d.tugwell - 2012-08-01 13:41

    Would love to hear her comment now

  • Gavin - 2012-08-01 13:42

    problem = A N C

  • somikazi.pita - 2012-08-01 14:07

    I don't know why that department still exist!

  • dhavandran.palavar - 2012-08-01 14:08

    truley a disabled department.

  • somikazi.pita - 2012-08-01 14:09

    I don't know why that department still exist!

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-01 14:17

      I wonder why any of them still exist - oh of course, to make money for cadres.

      Erna - 2012-08-01 14:44

      Agreed. But I do think they travel, party and shop a lot though.

  • ingrid.oberholzer - 2012-08-01 14:09

    Jobs for pals and family with no skills. My future daughter-in-law is deaf and it's not only the Department that discrimanates but the private sector as well. They will not employ deaf people. People with disabilities have no chance in our Rainbow Society.

  • daniel.motlhatlhedi - 2012-08-01 14:10

    1 of the useless departments in our country.

  • william.letsong.5 - 2012-08-01 14:11

    Borrrrringgggg. Yawns.

  • anthony.okelly.98 - 2012-08-01 14:15

    Replace it with the "Department of Funny Walks" It would be more useful. (Apologies to Monty Python)

  • morama.sebata - 2012-08-01 14:31

    I like DA in Whistle blowing so that this corrupt government can mend their ways.Thank's DA and keep the good job up but not to rule this country.

      theo.schoeman.71 - 2012-08-01 14:51

      "Thank's DA and keep the good job up but not to rule this country." So you are saying the DA must do the work of the useless ANC but please just dont govern this country !! You are as pathetic as the ANC

      morama.sebata - 2012-08-01 15:54

      Sien jy nou meneer schoeman,Ek is nie hier om joute be-indruk...verstaan jy?

      maelly.alphios - 2012-08-01 23:19

      Tired of the anc goverment n can't wait 4 2014

  • afrikeni - 2012-08-01 14:45

    There is a department in Zuma's office responsible for Performance Monitoring & Evaluation with Trevor Manuel & Collin Chabane if I'm not mistaken. Whats its use? And where does it report to? This performance issues is directly in its lap? Or is it a case of performance evaluation department failing to perform?

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