26th May 2010
Distribution of funding from the National
Revenue Fund to the state departments is both critical and central
to the economic and social development of our country. It is
therefore imperative that this distribution is properly planned, and
implemented strictly according to plan, as we are dealing with
finite fiscal resources and cannot afford the luxury of second
Central to the point of effective
distribution is the concept of "value for money". Many of our state
departments still receive qualified audit reports from the Auditor
Generals office indicating poor management of funding which results
in ineffective service delivery. It seems that a culture of general
unaccountability regarding fiscal funding is being allowed to
develop in certain departments and this is most worrisome to the
Tender fraud and mismanagement must be
identified within the departments and those responsible prosecuted
to the fullest extent of the law. It seems that very few staff
members in state departments are ever taken to task over the
fraudulent mismanagement of fiscal resources.
Lack of a necessary skills base in the some
departments is also a major contributing factor to poor service
delivery and this must be addressed as a matter of urgency. In
addition, a culture of discipline, responsibility and accountability
must be inculcated within the departments and staff members found in
breach of their duties must be disciplined.
Transfers to state owned entities should be
strictly monitored as there does not seem to be much supervision
over these funds and they seem to be dissipated with the greatest of
ease with little or no accountability attached thereto, an example
being the Commission for Gender Equality.
State owned entities must take a long hard
look at their salary structures, the fat needs to be trimmed off CEO
and senior management salaries so that there is a more equitable
distribution of funds for the average worker. This will result in
fewer strikes, a more contented work force, effective service
delivery and fewer service delivery demonstrations by the public.
Whilst the IFP respects the rights of workers to partake in
legitimate strike action, we question the appropriateness of the
timing thereof 15 days before the World Cup.
The Money Bills Amendment Procedures and
Related Matters Act provide us with a golden opportunity which will
allow the voices of our citizens to be heard, through their
respective public representatives, in terms of the allocation of
resources. Service Delivery must be first and foremost on the
agenda, in the past we have been hampered by issues of over and
under spending, which resulted ultimately in the needs of the people
on the ground not being met. This Act will empower parliamentarians
to correct these imbalances.
Finally we would like to task the Ministers
and senior management of the various departments, to take full
ownership and accountability to the people of this country for the
funds that they are receiving from the fiscus, seeing to it that
those funds go where they are supposed to go and do what they are
supposed to do.
We support the vote.
I thank you.
Mrs Pat-Lebenya-Ntanzi MP
078 186 3619