DA: Why was Limpopo left unchecked?

2012-01-19 20:06

Polokwane - The Limpopo provincial government was left unchecked as it squandered billions of rands when it should have been stopped, the DA said on Thursday.

Spokesperson James Lorimer said Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan should have enforced the regulations of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) far earlier.

"Questions can legitimately be asked why the PFMA was only enforced in Limpopo when Premier Cassel Mathale decided to take on President Jacob Zuma."

His remarks follow a briefing by Gordhan in Limpopo earlier in the day. The national government placed five Limpopo departments under administration in December last year because of billions of rands in wasted spending.

R1.5bn of unauthorised expenditure

He asked why the national treasury was silent when R1.5bn of unauthorised expenditure was identified in 2009.

"This inaction led to the complete collapse of Limpopo's public service infrastructure and should serve as a lesson to government."

Lorimer called on Gordhan to target other provinces where corruption and mismanagement were apparent. Monitoring systems that flagged irregular and unauthorised expenditure had to be put in place.

Public sector accounting officers should face misconduct charges for negligence if they failed to implement the PFMA, he said. There had to be a regular report back by those in charge to the treasury on how they were policing the act.

"South Africa has a progressive law to prevent mismanagement and corruption," Lorimer said.

Sustained government commitment was needed to ensure that other provinces did not become like Limpopo.

  • Piet - 2012-01-19 20:20

    Malema and his buddies sucked the cow dry....

      Bert - 2012-01-19 20:48

      Oh for retribution as practiced in China were officials squander monies entrusted to them. Quick trial (no enquiry lasting years as per Malema). A few days later, marched into a stadium, told to kneel and dispatched with a bullet. The offshoot would be, perpetrators gone, their fraudulent games over, warning to the rest of the criminal element and last but not least use for the currently defunct stadiums built for the world cup.

      Ian - 2012-01-20 09:18

      Eish, the gravy train is empty, nobody told us this would heppen. Now we must stop vloeking the mhlungu and hold out our hands and cry so maybe the Queen or Obama can give us more to steal......

  • Chappies ZA - 2012-01-19 20:20

    Lekker man lekker only in SA

      Ian - 2012-01-20 09:20

      They say a fish rots from the head down, next province is ....?

  • Chappies ZA - 2012-01-19 20:22

    Juju is building and renovating his property.

  • Piet - 2012-01-19 20:24

    Reason for crisis = INCOMPETENCE and LACK OF RESPONSIBILITY Question: Are heads gonna roll?

      Thandi - 2012-01-19 20:27

      Don't hold your breath on this one - no-one has the balls to roll the heads of fatboy and his bum-chums.

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-01-20 12:44

      Watch ...NO HEADS WILL ROLL... because if the guilty parties are nailed.. they will come out with some newsbreaking stories on who ever nailed them. Shows if you have stuff in your closet, you'll have to let off even the worst of offenders.

  • Morakane - 2012-01-19 20:26

    Heads must roll. The entire department must be fired! See the outcomes of AA?

  • Gollum - 2012-01-19 20:26

    "This inaction led to the complete collapse of Limpopo's public service infrastructure and should serve as a lesson to government." How many more lessons do they need. High time people in charge took the fall and get held accountable for maladministration under their watch

      Henri James Christie - 2012-01-19 20:39

      Not going to happen, they are slow learners, very, very slow!!!!!

  • Newsreader - 2012-01-19 20:29

    whats with the gripes! The 40 million want this! besides...Africa has great weather!

  • Saksak Motsepe - 2012-01-19 20:42

    The DA needs to fill itself with competent black people so that I can vote for them.

      Quintin - 2012-01-19 20:49

      Are you suggesting the black people working for the DA is incompetent?

      Martin - 2012-01-19 20:53

      its on its way

      Martin - 2012-01-19 20:54

      We have moved from the appartheid era to thr corruption era.

      TheWatcher - 2012-01-19 21:01

      Until everyone can see past this whole black vs white bovine feces the ANC is playing on to get votes then we will never progress. Voting should be blind to colour. Vote for the party with the best results with regards to performance, transparency, service delivery and integrity.

      Donaker - 2012-01-19 21:06

      Now that is where the problem lies Motsepe. People are voting ANC because it's a black party. Months after voting for the ANC in the municipal elections, people are protesting against poor service delivery. They voted for the same party that gave them poor service delivery in the first place!! Why not vote for the better party, black or white? This is why democracy fails Africa. There is no accountability because the fat cats know they'll get voted in in any case. Besides wich, not voting for a party because they are white is pretty racist in my books. And the excuse that blacks fear the DA will bring back apartheid is absurd. Firstly the DA has its roots in an anti-apartheid movement, secondly, a great majority of whites voted against apartheid in the referendum.

      Jeanne - 2012-01-19 22:25

      Such a shame Saksak. Helen Zille was instrumental in uncovering the truth behind Steve Biko's death. Making the international community aware of the nature of his death marks one of the turning points in the international community’s involvement in the fight against apartheid. She has done nothing but to help this country to move forward. I’m behind the DA all the way irrespective of whether they have a majority white or majority black leadership. What matters is their policies, the consistent efficiency with which they operate and their vision for the future of this country.

      Heinrich - 2012-01-19 22:43

      Try to get over your racist attitude, Saksak.You will see ordinary people aren't that bad. Are you really that scared of a handful of friendly whities?

  • aobakwe.mathebe - 2012-01-19 20:42

    "...because of billions of rands in wasted spending." But where were the opposition parties? Surely this is something that should have been brought up in the provincial legislature and given their influence, especially the DA,in the media? The ANC is surely taking the country down but through their inaction and inability to convince the general populace that they are not just representing the minority(imagine if this was Gauteng or maybe a ANC-run municipality in the WC!), the opposition is also partly to blame.

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-01-19 21:00

      Even if DA takes complaints to the media about ANC irregular doings... where does it ever get them...they are called racists. Mandela, time for you please to say something please..even just one word.. STOP!

      Jan - 2012-01-19 21:11

      In the April 2009 provincial election the ANC won 84.88% of all the votes, followed by Cope with 7.54% and the DA with 3.48%. The result is that Limpopo is effectively a one party province, and one of the possible results thereof can be seen clearly. The voters placed the other parties in a position of effective powerlessness.

      Jan - 2012-01-19 21:18

      To add to my other comment, the ANC has 48 seats in Limpopo, Cope 4 and the DA 2. We know what happened with cope so in reality, 2 people can not be up to date on all the #$%^&* caused by 48 people if they want to keep things quiet and do not want to share info.

  • Mantsho - 2012-01-19 20:53

    Where is Julius Malema? according to him and his suppoters he represent the poor, and this situations in Limpompo have affected service dilivery so bad, he should be saying something now with his big mouth!. where is he !l always say the fat boy is a fake and the criminal.

  • Clive - 2012-01-19 21:01

    Lorimer answered his own question: you take on Zzzzzuma and his clique at your peril. Although it seems that the finances of the Eastern Cape and North West provinces are in a similar state of disarray, they are not being "taken over" by central government, because party politics takes precedence over good, honest and competent government. Gordhan says that competent persons will be appointed to the Limpopo government, which begs the question as to why this was not done from the outset. It seems an admission that cadre deployment has been an abysmal failure. If you think that the Zzzzzuma administration has thus far been characterised by weak and corrupt governance, folks, you ain't seen nothing yet. This is the year of ANC policy and leadership conferences, so running the country will be an afterthought amongst all the jockeying for position, back stabbing and point scoring (a*** licking) throughout 2012. Cry, the beloved country.

  • Martin - 2012-01-19 21:04

    Yeah lets nationalise mines so that there is more money to steal. I wonder how long its going to take for SA to realise that the DA should lead SA. I dont believe for one second that the whole ANC was not in on take.

      Abram - 2012-01-20 12:11

      U r rihgt lets nationalise mines so that poor people with will benefit from the wealth of this country,DA must wait for Jesus Christ to come they can lead the country.and i will lead the march to the office of Jesus

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-01-19 21:15

    Of cos they incl Malema were not monitored because they supported zuma. Now they turn against him and pay the price. Look at mpumalanga those buggers chow money and get away with it because they support zuma.

  • Dave - 2012-01-19 21:51

    This question is addressed to a person that KNOWS the Law. Could the honest taxpayers of RSA take the ANC government to court for maladministration, in a massive Class Action Suit?

      Heinrich - 2012-01-19 23:10

      Dave, such an action is certainly possible within the ambit of the Roman Dutch Law. The first hurdle, however will be to determine, either on the balance of probability or beyond reasonable doubt, the status of the taxpayer referred to. I can foresee a whole spectrum of different classifications. It could well be that the honest taxpayers are in the minority, in which case, the action will have to be abandoned and re-initiated on behalf of the semi- or notatal honest taxpayer. Either way, such an action will have to be preceded by a huge amount of research and fact finding. The aim of a class action is generally to obtain some kind of compensation for a particular group of people adversely affected by the actions or negligence of an identifiable third party. The legal agent also will be entitled to compensation. The question then arises : should compensation be granted by the justice system, on what basis will it be distributed to the aggrieved parties? Also, would it be morally justified to compensate a dishonest taxpayer? A final argument against the granting of compensation would be the fact that the people seeking compensation are in fact accessory to maladministration by virtue of casting their votes within a democratic system. It will be very difficult or impossible to prove that one did not in fact vote for the perpetrators. The best course of action therefore, is to march to the Union buildings, trashing everything along the way, singing songs about...

  • robinne1 - 2012-01-19 22:59

    The corruption is not over till the fat boy swings.

  • Heinrich - 2012-01-19 23:21

    Check this out : "We want to take this opportunity to congratulate the Eastern Cape and Limpopo provinces for setting this best practice. Let us learn from each other so that we build a strong, responsive and vibrant institution of traditional leadership".

      Lisa - 2012-01-20 09:53

      Even more shocking when read with the previous paragraph: "Furthermore, we have been informed that there is a video that is currently being developed. The importance of this video is that it singles out pockets of best practice and excellence in terms of local economic development, and concrete and constructive partnerships between local government, provincial government and traditional leaders. We want to take this opportunity to congratulate the Eastern Cape and Limpopo provinces for setting this best practice. Let us learn from each other so that we build a strong, responsive and vibrant institution of traditional leadership." - from acting minister of cooperative governance and traditional affairs, Nathi Meththwa. What a load of BS in retrospect! Eish...

  • Jason - 2012-01-20 08:36

    So whats new??

  • jody.beggs - 2012-01-20 10:15

    And the want to point fingers at the DA. Damn the man.

  • Steward - 2012-05-22 23:58

    It is not about greed, it is about the plan. You can either lift everyone up, or you can pull everyone down. Equality, South African style.

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