Cleaning up the mess

In  her provincial budget speech to the Legislature in Limpopo the Honourable MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, announced that she, Me. Makoma Makhurupotje, was allocating and setting aside R 1,2 million to pay consultants to rectify the financial status and record keeping of the municipalities in the province whom none managed to get a ‘clean audit report’ from the Auditor General on their accountability and coherence to Generally Accepted Accounting Practices.

She claiming to have had insight into the relevant Audit Reports for the Municipalities in the Province and that she has the means and capacity to, as she stated, ‘clean up the mess’.

Ironically most of the Municipalities that can be categorized in this situation, has already paid vast amounts to consultants and or advisors whom has failed in their duty and mandate to ensure that the municipality receives a clean audit report, and now yet again, another R 1, 2 million of the total budget for the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs – amounting to a staggering R2, 158 billion is being ‘set aside’ but more appropriately wasted.

Consultants and Advisors have been rewarded handsomely to achieve this goal within the ambit of the municipalities, yet ironically none succeeding.

One would have imagined that the respective councils, would have insisted on a performance based contract with such consultants and advisors at the time, and that their payment in respect of services would have been conditional on the goal being achieved, of getting a ‘clean audit’ report, yet once again, millions paid in consultancy and or advisory fees, served absolutely no purpose.

Isn’t it ironic to notice how taxpayer’s money is being squandered with absolutely no shame and or regret, and in the process how people are benefitted millions of rands, for being incapable of performing on their mandate but are being handsomely rewarded for their ‘work’ or is it rather ‘lack of work!’

Millions of people are unemployed, deprived of many things that are guaranteed to them as part and parcel of our Constitution, yet monies are being squandered and those that are suppose to benefit, yet once again meritoriously become of victims of time, with mismanagement, maladministration, and corruption being the ‘flavor of the day!’

The Honourable MEC should however be commended for recognizing that the financial affairs of the Municipalities in the Province amounts to nothing else but, as she categorizes it – “A MESS!”

Mark Windsor 2014-08-16 07:07:14 PM
Just hire honest people. What is so complicated about that?
Julian Edward Frost 2014-08-16 07:36:37 PM
"One would have imagined that the respective councils, would have insisted on a performance based contract with such consultants and advisors at the time, and that their payment in respect of services would have been conditional on the goal being achieved, of getting a ‘clean audit’ report, yet once again, millions paid in consultancy and or advisory fees, served absolutely no purpose." Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU. Yes! I agree with every word you wrote.
CALAMITYSA 2014-08-17 07:52:37 AM
The consultants will take their time - to double their fees - according to the ANC culture.
Graham Smith 2014-08-17 07:55:28 AM
Some extracts from SA's 2012/2013 Budget: Education - R207 billion Housing and community amenities - R120 billion Health - R121 billion Govt spending on Consultants - R102 billion Yep, ONE HUNDRED AND TWO BILLION on consultants and this was in 2013. Me thinks Thuli Madonsela needs to get involved in this consultants gravy train
Wayne Anthony Faulds 2014-08-17 11:05:05 AM
Why not simply employ competent people in the first place?
Jenny En Stanley Nel 2014-08-17 01:21:01 PM
Another spectacular anc failure - good story to tell? I don't think so. They just keep digging. If they employed people who are honest, qualified and experienced they would not have landed in this mess. But the masses voted for this, so you get what you vote for. Limpopo is so screwed. Its such a shame.