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
"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.
IFP Spokesperson on Education,
Mrs Thembeni KaMadlopha-Mthethwa, MPL, 071 884 3844 or 079 114 3015
Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP KZN Legislature
Media Liaison Officer, 073 024 5675