19 February 2013

South Africa: President Zuma Must Axe Non-Performing Ministers

press release

The IFP has called on President Zuma to take note of the latest allegations that have been levelled against the Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Ms Lulu Xingwana and to seriously consider reshuffling his Cabinet, which will allow him to axe non-performing Ministers.

The IFP will also be writing to the Public Protector today to ask Adv Madonsela to investigate the latest allegations of the misuse of taxpayers' money by Minister Xingwana.

IFP Spokesperson on Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Ms Liezl van der Merwe MP, said, "We are growing increasingly concerned with the number of allegations that have been levelled against this Minister of late. I am aware that the Public Protector had turned down a request to launch an investigation into Minister Xingwana's transgressions previously, but the sheer number of allegations that have now surfaced warrants an investigation."

Some of the allegations include that the Department is run 'like a spaza shop', while corruption is widespread within it, and that taxpayers' money has been irresponsibly wasted.

"We need the Public Protector to investigate the Minister's appointment of Fluxman Attorneys allegedly without complying with supply chain management procedures, as well as splurging R2.1 million of taxpayers' money on refurnishing her offices, again allegedly without complying with the correct procedures," said van der Merwe, adding, "I am also hoping to draw the attention of the Public Protector to the closing ceremony of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women Campaign which was paid for by the taxpayer, but excluded the voices of opposition parties and was instead turned into a pre-Manguang ANC rally. All of these instances must be investigated."

Furthermore, the IFP has called on President Zuma not to turn a blind eye to the actions of non-performing Ministers.

"The Departments of Women, Children and People with Disabilities and of Communications are both dysfunctional departments. Failing Ministers cannot be protected for political expediency and must be judged on performance, or lack thereof, on a continuous basis in order to assess their ability to run national departments," concluded van der Merwe.

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