National Assembly: Cape Town, 8th June 2011
This department sits with the mandate of creating an integrated and
effective government system whilst including communities to achieve
sustainable development. Its mission as it stands is to facilitate
cooperative government, support provinces and local government in
fulfilling their constitutional and legal obligations, and at the
same time promote traditional affairs along with other institutions.
However, in reality this ideal has been trampled underfoot by the
greed and corruption of many government officials delaying progress.
Its is no secret that service delivery is in crisis in the country
with reference to protests resulting to the death of certain
civilians and most notably to the damage of property and
infrastructure. This kind of behaviour can not be tolerated.
Therefore, government should provide a platform to uplift
municipalities so that they perform to their maximum capacity by
improving their financial and administration capability to
facilitate economic development at local level.
Moreover, impact assessments should be conducted and continuous
monitoring must take place to strengthen the capacity and capability
of the Department to deliver its mandate, and where principals are
lacking corrections should be instantly implemented across all three
spheres of the government.
On the other hand, the department should be complimented for efforts
to reduce excessive government spending. However, a decrease in
programmes such as Disaster and Response Management from 2011-2014
expenditure limits the functioning of this sector with reference to
changing weather patterns, especially in Kwazulu-Natal and the
Eastern Cape where damages from mother nature have been frequent,
whereas all other sectors are increasing their expenditure which is
Therefore, corruption has no place in government or the time to
entertain such, thus the guilty should be prosecuted. There is no
place for self serving officials in government.
I thank you
Prince MMM Zulu