KZN Provincial Government Failed to Keep Track to Reduce Overspending

09 December 2014. 

The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal has criticised the Provincial Government for ineffective monitoring of over spending in provincial departments. 

Delivering his Debate Speech on SCOPA today in the Legislature, Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP MPL said, "The performance of the KZN Department of Education is in shambles after it projected to over-spend by R506 million. It has suspended the construction of new schools and maintenance of existing school infrastructure. But suspending construction opens up the department to legal action by contractors, and will cost it even more money to hire security to guard building sites. If building material is stolen or if the building work that has been done deteriorates the department can expect even greater cost escalations that it cannot afford." 

"A no-nonsense approach is required to pull government departments in this province out of their current quagmire. We further demand that the Premier must explain to the people what has become of the investigation into the R28million forked out by the KZN government for the internationally renowned North Sea Jazz Festival that did not take place. We want to know how government will recoup this money," stated Mr Gwala 

"We are perplexed about non-ring fenced budgets that the Departments have no way of controlling. Oversight was not effective because of incompetence by cadres who have been deployed by this government. Government tends to restrict budget awareness to how much money is allocated to certain departments and projects once a year, but not enough to whether that money is spent appropriately between budget speeches," concluded Mr Gwala. 

Like turning the Titanic away from the iceberg in its path, the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government, steered by complacent politicians, seems unable to turn away from its current course of complacency and incompetence leading this province to certain disaster. 

 

Issued by:
Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature, 078 290 5842

For Media Queries:
Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP KZN Legislature Media Officer, 073 024 5675