National Assembly: Cape Town, 8th June 2011
The main task of this Department is to organize and administrate
public service of our country to improve service delivery. Outbreaks
of continuous service delivery protests, occurring nation wide, in
some instances resulting in the death of innocent individuals, are
evidence of poor delivery. Moreover, property and infrastructure is
damaged. Such situations should not be allowed to arise since they
delay growth in our societies. We should engage far more citizens on
service delivery requirements and deliver on those requirements, and
then situations like the recent Ficksburg protests will not occur.
This is not rocket science!
The Department seems to be prioritizing urban areas and sidelining
rural areas. Citizens who live in remote areas still lack basic
infrastructure, utilities and have limited access to government
services. They travel long distances to reach service points in the
nearest town only to be turned back in some instances. This can be
extremely costly to an already financially needy person. Vulnerable
groups include women, children and the disabled. Therefore
facilities should not be centralized or monopolized which will
effectively only complicate the lives of the already disadvantaged.
The Inkatha Freedom Party would like to see great deal more being
done in the rural and outlying areas by the Department.
Government officials should distance themselves from corruption
because it delays development in our communities which is already
over due. Therefore as the Inkatha Freedom Party we command the
Department to test its policies and regulations which have been
adopted and implemented. One such policy is the Financial Disclosure
Framework for senior managers, which requires them to disclose
information on all their registrable interests to be scrutinized by
PSC, so as to identify potential conflicts of interest. However,
1743 failed to comply as reported in the 2008/2009 PSC report.
Hence, we await for disciplinary steps to be taken by the
Most importantly corruption has no place in government and the
guilty should be prosecuted.
Therefore the IFP wants to see transformation through sustainable
development and implementation of policies as well as frameworks to
ensure maximum service delivery for all South African Citizens.
The IFP supports this budget subject to the above corrections.
I thank you
Prince MMM Zulu