Performance of MECs Must Be Monitored on a Quarterly Basis

2nd September 2014.


The IFP in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature calls on the KZN Premier, Senzo Mchunu, to make it mandatory to monitor the performance of all provincial MECs on a quarterly basis.


"Performance agreements signed by MECs outline the performance and delivery expectations of government and must be used to assess whether each MEC has met their targets. When there is non-performance action must be taken, especially when targets have been set and resources made available. There must be no excuses for failing to deliver. MECs who fail to deliver must explain to the Legislature why they were unable to meet their targets. There must be no reason why they must stay in their jobs and be paid by taxpayers' money if they cannot comply," said IFP Leader in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, Mr Blessed Gwala, MPL.


"Service delivery protests across the province are symptoms of failure on the part of MECs to deliver on their mandates. Although it can be said that Service Level Agreements are in place, the question is who is monitoring and evaluating the performance of MECs? There has to be an independent assessment mechanism that will evaluate the performance of each Department. With about 80% of the Administration including senior departmental officials based in Pietermaritzburg it is no wonder that service delivery is crumbling across KZN", said Mr Gwala.


"We will not rest until the provincial government has successfully managed to build better communities where our people can easily and freely access government services, such as clean water, sanitation, decent jobs, good healthcare, and live in a crime free society with no fraud and corruption. The IFP will increase its pressure on the provincial government through the regular submission of questions to ensure that action is taken against flagging departments," continued Gwala.


"We demand that all heads of provincial departments must sign reviewable service delivery agreements. This is to get all managers into the new culture of getting things done quicker, in a much more accountable environment. The service delivery agreements must be reviewed annually through monitoring and evaluation. Bonuses should not be paid to people who are paid a salary to perform their duties but do not deliver," concluded Gwala.



Issued by:

Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP Leader in KZN Legislature, 078 290 5842


For Media Enquiries:

Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP KZN Legislature Media Liaison Officer, 073 024 5675