Cadres blamed for failing departments

2012-01-18 14:55
Cadre deployment and nepotism are the main causes of under-performing government departments, the Christian Democratic Party said today.

“The Auditor General’s consolidated report on provinces clearly demonstrates that government must reconsider its continued blaming of apartheid for various woes,” party leader Theunis Botha said in a statement.

“The main problem lies with the present, not the distant past.”

According to the report, 69% of provincial departments employed non-competitive practices and 35% of tenders were awarded to government officials or family members, he said.

“Wasted expenditure increased from R189 million to R850m.”

Botha said that as long as the AG’s reports were not taken seriously and real efforts made to drastically improve the situation, the country would continue to underperform.

“Ridiculous election promises will remain pie in the sky and apartheid will once again be blamed. Some political maturity is seriously lacking,” he said.

Auditor General Terence Nombembe released his 2010/11 General Report on National Audit Outcomes in Pretoria on Monday.

He voiced concern about all but three of the 39 national government departments. The three were environmental affairs, public enterprises and science.

More than R20 billion spent by national and provincial departments has been found to have been unauthorised, irregular, wasteful and fruitless expenditure.

Nombembe highlighted supply chain management, a division through which contracts and tenders are awarded at both national and provincial departments, as a key problem area.

On Monday, the Federation of Unions of SA urged the government to stop “cadre deployment” and to curb corruption in local, provincial, and national government.