Department of Education Must Pay Service Providers

10 October 2014.


The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal has voiced dissatisfaction following the Department of Educationís failure to pay services providers contracted with the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP).


"Despite a cabinet intervention launched two years ago to ensure that government departments pay contractors within 30 days, many small businesses that do work for government still do not get paid on time. Service providers have not been paid for almost three months and the department is failing to provide them with suitable answers as to why they have not been paid.


The departmentís failure to pay service providers hindered progress in achieving the governmentís commitment and objective of promoting and developing the entrepreneurship principle," said IFP Spokesperson on Education, Mrs Thembeni Madlopha-Mthethwa, MPL.


"We are very concerned because there has been no record of disciplinary action taken against departments for failing to pay suppliers on time, despite this being an offence under the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), punishable by up to five years in jail. In addition, heads of department and executive authorities fail to carry out their responsibility to institute consequences for poor performance," continued, Mrs Madlopha-Mthethwa.


"We demand that the MEC of Education, Peggy Nkonyeni to urgently investigate this matter and action taken against officials guilty of gross negligence. These schools fall within the criteria that make them eligible for the nutrition programme so meals must be provided to these children. We cannot have our school children go hungry when there is a budget to provide meals to them but officials do not do their work thereby depriving children of food," concluded Mrs Madlopha-Mthethwa.



Issued by: 

IFP Spokesperson on Education,

Mrs Thembeni KaMadlopha-Mthethwa, MPL, 071 884 3844 or 079 114 3015


Media enquiries: 

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