No to service delivery by 'hook, crook or tender'

2012-09-11 15:54

Johannesburg - Making local government everybody’s business does not mean realising service delivery goals “by hook, crook or tender”, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has said.

Motlanthe’s comments come hot on the heels of Auditor General Terence Nombembe’s findings that R1.05bn in tenders were irregularly awarded to municipal employees, councillors and other government officials and their close relatives in the past financial year.

Nombembe also found that 46% of the country’s 283 municipalities awarded tenders to employees, councillors and other state officials while 65% of councils engaged in unfair or uncompetitive tender processes.


Delivering his closing remarks at the start of the South African Local Government Association’s (Salga) special conference at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand on Tuesday, Motlanthe appealed to mayors, councillors and municipal officials to communicate regularly with residents to avoid service delivery protests.

Motlanthe said that the recent spate of service delivery protests may have little to do with a lack of service delivery and more to do with the “mismatch” of services delivered and a lack of communication between councils and citizens.

“Turning local government around is no longer about asking the government what government has done, but is also about all of us taking responsibility and asking each other what have we done together to turn the tide.

“But I must hasten to add that when we say local government is everybody’s business we are under no circumstances saying that local government is everybody’s business by hook, crook or tender,” said Motlanthe to giggles among delegates.

Involve communities

As municipalities were at the coal face of service delivery, Motlanthe urged councils to involve communities in everything they do.

“It is only when communities take ownership of their wards, know what is being done in them and generally have an interest in the quality of services that their municipalities supply, that we will be able to know when a contractor has not completed projects, when there is no water and have knowledge about the needs of our communities,” said Motlanthe.

Salga’s special conference comes on the back of the auditor general’s devastating findings which revealed that only 13 of the country’s 283 councils received clean audits.

Nombembe was, however, encouraged by the fact that 128 councils received unqualified audits, which meant that they were closer to reaching their clean audit goal by 2014.

Motlanthe said Nombembe’s findings required a “co-ordinated response” and that the goal to achieve clean audits for all councils was achievable.

Necessary skills

He called for ward committees to exercise greater oversight over all development projects in their councils.

Motlanthe echoed President Jacob Zuma and Nombembe’s calls earlier at the conference for municipalities to appoint officials with the necessary skills to carry out their duties, including professionals such as chief financial officers, municipal engineers and human resource managers.

Municipalities also had to ensure that they established public accounts committees and audit committees because municipalities that had improved audit outcomes had these in place, said Motlanthe.

Municipalities also had to draw lessons from other provincial government departments and councils, he added.

He singled out the City of Johannesburg as an example of an “outstanding” municipality with a good city planning model.

“Today a trip to Soweto reveals a sub-city with tarred roads, parks, malls, car dealerships and recently a performance arts centre,” said Motlanthe.

  • christelle.james.7 - 2012-09-11 15:59

    I get the impression that nobody in the government actually knows what it means. They all preach NO to illegal tenders, bribery and corruption and not before long, they are caught out doing exactly what they say should not be done!

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-09-11 16:11

      Now that the gravy train is sucked empty, it is everybody's business? Moltande, get those people who broke the law into prison - THAT is YOUR business.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-11 16:12

      Make you wonder who is writing the speeches.

      Squeegee - 2012-09-11 16:13

      Lip service,nothing more. Talk talk talk. Don't know if I should laugh or cry...

      Willie - 2012-09-11 17:25

      No action against the "discipline cadres of the movement".Carry on like that Mr Motlhanthe ANC is constantly preaching one nonsense after the other.ANC is on self destruction mode like a missile that missed a target

  • adriaan.pieterse - 2012-09-11 16:02

    Okay so we have established it's wrong but what actually happens to these people awarding the tenders. Never do we read "Mass arrests were made after investagions found R1bn lost to corruption" until that day comes this is just useless drivel.

      jacques.otto.50 - 2012-09-11 16:47

      Adriaan it will continue until thes thugs and lower life humans are out of power. Whith this i dont mean black, i mean the lower life forms who put them selfes above the rest across the race and sex spectrum. We however do know that Motlantle should stop using the word goverment as a broad word as in fact it is ANC members caders who has set this tone. Of coarse appartheid and the whites will be blamed just as with the mines forgetting they are the largest benificiery based on 35% of mining profits from tax

  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-11 16:09

    Oh my lord this is so funny! You cannot have job engine, nepotism, corruption and criminality and still expect an institution to function properly. “appoint officials with the necessary skills” Are you kidding me! Hahahahahaha… who does this man think he is fooling! Johannesburg as an example of an “outstanding” municipality – I just peed my pants! This is the best piece of comedy I have read in a long time. Thanks News24.

      jacques.otto.50 - 2012-09-11 17:40

      Koos the same can be said Communism, Capatalism and Socialist forming a tripart alliance. Anyone wondering why this goverment is dysfunctional must also wonder why the cold war started

  • denis.dendrinos - 2012-09-11 16:11

    and that is why things don;t work and municipalities CAN be blamed Mr Zuma....... This country could be in such a different place today.....

  • morris.khunou - 2012-09-11 16:15

    It is only a talk that is learned! If stilling public money is crime why dont we see arrests made?

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-11 16:22

      You think this is a crime? You must see what people do “legally” within local government structures.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-09-11 16:24

      The only time arrests will be made is when there is a change in government leading this country. The friends will never be able to betray their partners like that - look at whom have been found guilty in courts of law, and how many are actually sitting doing hard time. NONE

  • avanwyk2 - 2012-09-11 16:16

    While growing up I was under the impression that my intelligence level was average. I now realise that I am much more intelligent than what I gave myself credit for. Thank you ANC for making me realise that.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-09-11 16:20

      AVW, I am the opposite again - I feel like I am lacking in the field of grey matter - I just do not understand ANY of this!!

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-11 16:24

    OMG and this is what the Yoof Leak want as the next president? Jeeeez cANCer don't you have anything better to offer the SA public?

  • Mark John Mollentze - 2012-09-11 16:26

    im imagining a cartoon mr. vice president with you hand in a big bag of cash slapping fingers as they try to steal from the same bag cause you want more, yoouuu little Fat Cat

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-11 16:27

    Once again a lot of blah blah! Start hiring people withthe correct skills,instead of all the nepotism and BEE rubbish,start locking away the perpertrators of illegal tenders and put your money where your mouth is!

  • Mark John Mollentze - 2012-09-11 16:30

    i hate this government, i hate the politicians lining their pockets with cash while a lot of ppl suffer, I hate it when Black ppl use their race as a crutch, ooooo look at meeeee im so oppressed i want a merc, plz look away while i help myself to some cash

      sagin.verity - 2012-09-11 18:34

      Its a sick place to live in Mark. I am starting to feel that the old Guard of white south africans came up with their seemingly harsh laws, because they understood the nature of the beasts more than we do and where only trying to save us from that which is now upon us. Its in the dna and will never change. TIA

  • Robert - 2012-09-11 16:32

    Just attempting to comment here is pointless. All the AG’s stats and cries for action will once again fall on deaf ears. The majority of the attendees at this conference are probably the very people who are the transgressors as they comprise senior management and political leaders in the LA’s that are represented.

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-09-11 16:42


      sagin.verity - 2012-09-11 18:35

      And then we gave it away.

  • Michael - 2012-09-11 16:43

    ANCYL wont like this speech, they dont want anyone to say anything about 'tenders' their economic freedom is related to government tenders and not in education.

  • richard.aytoun - 2012-09-11 16:55

    Why are all these officials & their bosses & their bosses bosses still in office? Just shows how empty Mr Zumas promises of zero tolerance to corruption really is.

  • richard.aytoun - 2012-09-11 16:56

    Further to my previous comment I suppose this is also a legacy of the apartheid era.

  • lionel.defrontignac - 2012-09-11 17:21

    This contradicts what Zuma is saying about exceptional service delivery: the snake has two heads.

  • danita.renecle - 2012-09-11 18:27

    With all due respect Mr Deputy President, if the top six of the ANC who are truly ruling this country were serious about corruption, why did you tell your members of parliament to block the DA's proposal to pass two bills? One bill would have prevented civil servants from doing business with government, the other to stop companies in which political office bearers have a stake from doing business with the state. The official reply to Lindiwe Mazibuko was that would harm business! The DA came into power in the Cape in 2009 and managed to pass that bill for the WC Province by 2010. It is successful with successful court convictions. My question to you Mr Deputy President, where was your voice? wWere are the voices of the "collective within Cabinet and the ANC NEC? We had faith in the ANC simply because we knew that you when you took over the power from the NATS (Apartheid Gov) you had examples of what happened to countries in the rest of Africa where the ruling elites of those countries plundered any hope of success because of corruption and mismanagement. I put it to you , that you observed and decided to copy them step by step. How can you honestly look at the citizens of our country in the eye and say you truly have a conviction to stamp out corruption? Or is it your view that people beneath the absolute top of the elite should only be allowed the privilege? R30billion wasted on irregular ,fruitless, expenditure. R1billion= thousand million!!!!

  • jacques.swanepoel.372 - 2012-09-11 21:53

    Pitty our wonderful goverment leaders are not reading some of your brilliant comments!!!

  • pierre.walt - 2012-09-11 23:00

    You are with your hands in the pocket so hence your stand. Scaring me that you might be the next president. What do you plan to do except talking like the rest of ANC.

  • Vince.York - 2012-09-12 00:39

    forked poisonous tongue of the next official "uguguh uguguh UGUGUH" language hard at work here, as the piglet trotters clap for more trender contracts hugely inflated at no less than 4000% more than market value but still not at levels acceptable to the racist anc and its youth

  • josie.russell.10 - 2012-09-12 08:33

    So we all know this is going on but don't see news headlines about them being prosecuted? So what the government is saying DON'T GET CAUGHT. The only time someone is prosecuted is when they go against ZUMA - then they are imprisoned and a week after released on medical reasons. Couldn't write a book this good.

  • hallo.daar.56 - 2012-09-12 13:07

    This man should be the next prez.

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