by Ismail Obaray, MPL – DA Member on the Standing Committee on Premier’s Affairs
Date: 03 November 2017
Type: Press Statement
The shambles at the Office of the Premier, as demonstrated today during the meeting of the Standing Committee on Premier’s Affairs, is an indictment of the poor quality of leadership that this department provides to the province.
The report on the first quarter of 2017/18 submitted by the Office of the Premier does not meet the required standards. The narrative is so brief as to be cryptic and does not provide a proper overview of the challenges and achievements of the first quarter. There are no detailed financial statements, with no indication of spending either per economic classification or per sub-programme. Very few reasons for deviations are provided. In these circumstances, it is impossible for the Standing Committee to conduct oversight.
Shockingly enough, there are also discrepancies between this report and the Annual Report for 2016/17. An indicator which tracks irregular expenditure incurred in the previous financial year, namely 2016/17, proudly claims that no such expenditure was incurred. But the Annual Report shows clearly that there was irregular expenditure. Is the Office of the Premier willfully trying to mislead the Standing Committee or is it so clueless as to its own affairs?
The Office of the Premier is meant to be an apex department, which provides guidance to the rest of the province. But how can anyone take this mess seriously? How can we trust the monitoring and evaluation done by this department when they themselves do not follow prescribed guidelines?
At a time when unemployment stands at 43,1% and strategic guidance is urgently needed to boost the provincial economy, the Premier uses every excuse for a trip overseas to avoid her responsibilities at home. It is time for her to come to the Legislature and face the music.
It is time for a new beginning in the Northern Cape, led by the DA.
Ismail Obaray, MPL
DA Member on the Standing Committee on Premier’s Affairs
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