by Isak Fritz MPL – DA Northern Cape Spokesperson of Health
Date: 10 March 2017
Type: Press Statement
The DA is concerned that the redeployment of controversial senior government official, Steven Jonkers, to the
Health Department will threaten the implementation of the department’s Audit Action Plan designed to turn around
the dire financial state of the department.
During his tenure as Head of Department for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Jonkers entered into a number of
questionable deals. He went ahead with the forbidden lease of the Ocean Echo building despite advice to the
contrary, advocated for the doomed intra-provincial airline and pursued the dubious multi-million rand deal with
Wilcovert, on which the DA is still awaiting for answers.
It is inconceivable that someone with such a poor track record in financial management should be entrusted with
the responsibility to oversee the financial turnaround of the Health Department.
The Audit Action Plan developed by the Health Department and presented to the Legislature portfolio committee
was a step in the right direction. However, we now have doubts about the political will to implement the plan.
We do not believe that Mr Jonkers is the appropriate individual to turn around the financial fortunes of the
Department. As a senior official in the Department of Transport, he displayed poor judgement in numerous
The ANC’s cadre deployment policy continues to compromise service delivery by recycling individuals who are
not fit for purpose into positions of authority.
The DA will hold the Department of Health accountable to the commitments it made in the Audit Action Plan.
Isak Fritz MPL
DA Northern Cape Spokesperson of Health
083 395 2737
Shelley De Witt
082 847 1387