Do your homework, Xingwana tells DA

2012-04-17 21:05

Pretoria - The department of women, children, and people with disabilities was not an "implementing agent but a co-ordinating and monitoring ministry", Minister Lulu Xingwana said on Tuesday.

Briefing reporters in Pretoria, Xingwana rubbished allegations submitted by the Democratic Alliance to the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) calling for a probe into the department's "failure to protect the rights of the disabled".

Xingwana said the "misleading allegations" stemmed from people who did not understand the mandate of the department, established in May 2009 by President Jacob Zuma.

"At the beginning, many people did not understand this department. Now even the DA does not understand our mandate despite the fact that we have given them our reports and strategic plan in a bid to educate them.

"They still expect this department to operate on deaf children. They still expect this department to deliver grants for people with disabilities."

She said it was evident her department was affecting the lives of the vulnerable.

"I want to urge the members of the DA to do their homework, to understand the mandate of this department before they make public statements that are misleading to the nation," said Xingwana.

She said her department was ready for the investigation and would "welcome the SAHRC".

Xingwana conceded her department had not had a clean audit in three years, but said there were improvements in financial management, as evidenced by the unqualified audit received last year.

"This department is three-years-old and I have presided over it for one year. I think we all know that only three departments in government had clean audits last year."

She said that of the department's R142m annual budget, R55.2m was transferred to the Commission for Gender Equality, leaving the department with R86.9m, which was not enough to execute its mandate.

"Our budget is not sufficient for the work we need to do. We need more resources for us to effectively implement our mandate."

She said discussions were underway within the government about the need for additional funding.

"We need more people to do the work of the department. We have only one DDG [deputy director general], but we need at least three DDGs at least to be able to monitor women, children and people with disability," she said.

Key concerns

In its submissions, the DA said that evidence from the Third Quarter Expenditure Report for 2011/2012 showed the department would overspend on salaries, despite a 21% vacancy rate.

Xingwana said that although she did not have precise figures, salaries gobbled most of her department's budget.

"The department needs the experts and the necessary expertise does not come cheap. To date, posts are being filled continuously, programmes are being co-ordinated and monitored."

Travel costs on official business were another major cost incurred by the department: Deputy Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu will lead a delegation to New York in September for the annual conference of state parties.

Xingwana said R1.1m was spent by the seven department delegates who went to New York last year, and not the R6.8m claimed.

She said the other delegates were from Parliament, non-governmental organisations and other government departments, and their expenses were footed by their entities. On reports that some of the delegates did not attend the conference, Xingwana pleaded ignorance.

"I am not aware of who did not attend. If I can be supplied with the names of those who did not attend then I can be able to respond," she said.

Later on Tuesday, DA spokesperson Helen Lamoela said the SAHRC had confirmed its legal team would be assessing the case.

"She [Xingwana] certainly did not address our key concerns today. We look forward to further feedback from the SAHRC and findings of a comprehensive investigation into the poor performance of the department," she said.

  • Morne - 2012-04-17 21:20

    Quote! Xingwana said the "misleading allegations" stemmed from people who did not understand the mandate of the department. Now what is the mandate of your department Lulu? Statement: R55.2m was transferred to the Commission for Gender Equality! Can someone please explain what the CGE does with 55.2mil? Then again with all the social problems in the country, 142mil. does seem like a "druppel in die emmer"

      Christelle - 2012-04-17 21:54

      @ISO - you know, I agree with her - people do not understand the mandate of the department - They THEMSELVES dont understand the mandate. As a matter of fact, most of the ministers and departments in the government do not understand their own mandates - thus all the unauthorised spending, missing funds etc. Actually, do you think they understand what MANDATE means?

  • adam - 2012-04-17 21:23

    Soon we will have a ministry for "ministers with two brain cells". Another holiday for them as well.

  • Jean - 2012-04-17 21:26

    So in other words this department is useless... apparently the anc has this way of thinking as long as it sounds good it's OK regardless if it's working or beneficial to SAfricans hence this joke of a minister and her department!

  • Grace - 2012-04-17 21:28

    Xingwana name ONE thing you've achieved! You have stolen work from at LEAST 10 people on an average wage. You are NOTHING more than a Fart bag for ANC wind

      Gregory - 2012-04-18 06:03

      She couldnt even get to fly business class , despite her best efforts.

  • Kingpin - 2012-04-17 21:28

    Political appointments with. No leadership and sound management and good governance will kill the operations of many depts. I don't what the minister is trying to highlight here, in fact she is the one that must do homework

  • Nigel - 2012-04-17 21:32

    so the party that didn't even go to school, is telling the DA to do its homework, thats just ridiculous, their president has std 3 & their ex presidente of the YL has std 7, wow !!

      Balanganani - 2012-04-17 22:07

      wisdom is not only knowlwdge. Do ur homework too

      Xulu.Thulany.Xaba - 2012-04-17 22:30

      Kulele kunye ngabe kubili ngabe kuyavusana

  • alansmartSnr - 2012-04-17 22:13

    Another part of the circus which wasn't on the program. She (the minister) couln't do her homework herself cos she seems to never have gone to school, just another cadre appointment. Go DA..expose these thieves and fat cats! On a totally different note: Please dont register or buy the e-tags. United we stand.. devided we fail.

  • Mbuyi Mabuya Maphalala - 2012-04-17 22:21

    Well is sickening how judge mental and full of hatred some people are. Unless we get rid of this pessimistic perception that black people are stupid and can't govern, we will never move forward.

      Piet - 2012-04-17 22:26

      it is the actions of our so called leaders that has got you into that perception. Africa has spoken my friend...

      Gregory - 2012-04-18 05:48

      It's not black people that can't govern, its incompetent people\r\nAppointed by the anc that can't govern. It's not a race issue it's a competency issue.

  • Ruth - 2012-04-17 22:23

    "This department is three-years-old and I have presided over it for one year. I think we all know that only three departments in government had clean audits last year." Oh, and its fine to spend R1.1m to go to NY when you could have done it on far less. Really lady! Is that an excuse? Your whole government falls short and so its fine for your department too?

  • Kagiso Tlhakung - 2012-04-17 22:29

    the DA its whites and wannabe whites blacks are all stupid and very opportunistic always trying to discredit the ANC but they are all toothless cnt do nothing bunch of kids. So keep making ur noise kids bloody circus

      Melania - 2012-04-17 22:44

      They are not nearly close to all white Kagiso. Please start to realise they are also just helping your people getting the funds they deserve. The ANC has a good stucture and very good manifest, but the people running the country under the ANC name, are not so pure. They can do a lot better, and you should also expect and demand better from your government. Its your right.

      Theo - 2012-04-17 22:55

      I can only laught at your comment and feel sorry for you. Just compare the Western Cape and the rest of Africa and decide who is stupd. Eish - stupid people !

      Tony Lapson - 2012-04-17 23:02

      Some people just don't see the big picture. You are letting your hatred and blind loyalty blind you from what is really going on.

      betsy.compaan - 2012-04-18 08:00

      Funny how any black politician that wants to see SA succeed is always branded a coconut/puppet, makes me think of a bucket full of crabs. You want to fail so that you have a excuse to blame and hate other people because that is what consumes you: hate

  • lmadikwe - 2012-04-18 00:55

    Dear Minister Lulu. WTF does your department exist to start with. If big headed people who are voted by naive masses who promise them 5 million jobs and later realised that it was an unachievable milestone, they'll start creating circus dept's like yours as claim they have reduced unemployment by a fraction while taxpayers will paying for what you call "Commission for Gender Equality".

  • Mark - 2012-04-18 00:59

    Minister Lulu Xingwana is a vexacious, wasteful incompetent - ideally suited to the dreadful ethics of the current SA Administration. She has been exposed yet again. How many more times before this useless Loudmouth gets the chop?

  • braamc - 2012-04-18 06:18

    Useless like the rest of the ANC government, no difference, AAAAA

  • Andrew - 2012-04-18 07:52

    So only R1.1m by her department and the balance of R6.8m for delegates was spent by other departments, and please tell us the taxpayer the achievements todate of these attendees. Maybe it was just monitoring the conference or paid for holidays.

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