12 February 2013

South Africa: Minister Sexwale Must Go!

press release

The IFP calls for the immediate removal of the Minister of Human Settlements, Hon Tokyo Sexwale as he is consistently failing in his duties as Minister.

IFP Spokesperson on Human Settlements, Mr Petros Sithole MP said, "Tokyo must go! The Department of Human Settlements despite having more than adequate funding is still failing to provide housing and sanitation services to our people. The under-spending that is rampant in various provincial departments of Human Settlements is a clear indication that the minister has lost all control of the Department. It is therefore imperative that the Minister vacate his position immediately and allow a capable individual to take over this executive portfolio."

"This under-spending in some provinces raises more concerns as it may lead to a re-direction of funds from planned to un-planned projects or the money be directed back to Treasury. The Provinces, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Northern Cape, Free State and Gauteng are the main culprits of under-spending with their housing budget allocations and it is impossible for them to spend all of the remaining balances before the end of March."

"Furthermore, we are very concerned about the Ministerial Sanitation Task Team led by Winnie Madikizela-Mandela which seems utterly dysfunctional. We have no idea what it is doing as it does not report. Many people are still using the bucket system and others have no sanitation at all," said Sithole.

The IFP believes that the MECs and Heads of Departments who under-spend their Housing budgets must also be held accountable and be dismissed together with the Minister.

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