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ACDP President says monies used to bail out failing SOEs would be better spent on bolstering and strengthening our investigative teams in their fight against corruption.President Rampahosa replies that SA's fiscal challenges prevent that.ACDP - cut crime and corruption to address the fiscal challenges.Supplementary question to President Ramaphosa (*Q13)FOLLOW UP QUESTION BY ACDP PRESIDENT, REV KRJ MESHOE MPThe ACDP commends the Hawks, the SIU and other law enforcement agencies for their recent successes in making arrests in corruption cases involving high profile people.We are on record for appealing to Treasury to allocate more resources to crime-fighting and law enforcement agencies to enable them to achieve greater successes in their work. Advocate Shamiela Batoyi is on record for raising lack of resources as one of their serious challenges which hampers a quicker turn around time when dealing with corruption cases.Would the President support the ACDP position that monies used to bail out failing SOEs would be better spent on bolstering and strengthening our investigative teams in their fight against corruption, and if so, when are we going to start seeing more money allocated to law enforcement agencies with their work without fear or favour?Thank you.REPLY BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICAThank you honourable House Chair and honourable member,I’d like to say that sitting where I sit as President and as cabinet of the Republic of South Africa, we are charged with the responsibility to also seek to create a good balance between what we spend - the country’s resources, and may I add, the people’s resources - and what ends we want to achieve. The issue of the need by our criminal justice institutions is a recurring and ongoing challenge that they face. With the fiscal challenges that we have, we are finding that we have got to balance — we have got to balance the expenditure processes right across various department and the needs that all these departments have. And we seek in doing so to ensure that the work that has to be done by any of our departments, including the criminal justice institutions, should continue, should never stop, and where the need increases, we always try to find a way of closing the gap.And as it comes to our state-owned enterprises, a number of those state-owned enterprises were set up to advance the developmental goals of our nation and from time to time, they do run into financial difficulties. And we have said that we are not going to continue just bailing out those state enterprises and it is a clear message that we are sending to them that we want them to start standing on their own. But where there is a need to support them to achieve the goals we have as a government, we do do so, and at the same time, we do support our criminal justice institutions. So, that is the balance, honourable member, that I am talking about. It is a difficult balance to strike from time to time, but we have to continue striking that balance, particularly now when our fiscal situation is as challenged as it is.Thank you honourable House Chair. ... See MoreSee Less
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ACDP conveys condolences to outgoing Auditor-General’s familyACDP President, Rev Kenneth Meshoe MPOn behalf of the African Christian Democratic Party I wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to the family of the outgoing Auditor General, Kimi Makwetu, who served our country with distinction. He was an outstanding professional in both the corporate and government sectors. After Mr Makwetu graduated from two respective universities he kicked off his career as an accountant at Standard Bank, after which he climbed the corporate ladder at a number of other institutions before taking up the position of Auditor-General in 2013.His sterling work and dedication to identify irregularities, report them, as well as to provide guidance and solutions will always be remembered.Our prayers are with his family, friends, and colleagues during this most difficult time. ... See MoreSee Less
ACDP condemns ANC for ignoring COVID-19 regulations at Siyanqoba Rally
Debate on Report of the PC on COGTA on the petition relating to allegations of corruption and, mismanagement at Knysna Local MunicipalitySpeech by Wayne Thring MP, Deputy PresidentACDP calls for forensic investigation into water meters at Knysna Local Municipality to be fast-tracked“Honourable House Chairperson,In the view of the ACDP, it is a truism that local government is at the coal face of service delivery and when a municipality fails to meet its obligations, the snowball effects are huge, where at the end of it all, the poor, indigent and most vulnerable among us suffer. This is most certainly the case in the Knysna Municipality.Political in-fighting in Knysna, has resulted in instability, persistent institutional and financial challenges, all of which have undoubtedly affected service delivery in the municipality. There were essentially six allegations submitted in the petition by the Knysna United community organization, the first of which speaks to corruption, irregular and wasteful expenditure, arising from an alleged irregular issuing of a tender for prepaid water meters, amounting to R113 million.Despite the rebuttal to the allegations of the Knysna United community organization, by the newly appointed executive Mayor, Mr Elric van Aswagen, the Mayor by his own admission, stated that there was no value for money in respect to the procurement of the prepaid meters. On this matter, the ACDP concurs with the Committee’s first observation was that the Municipality actually paid almost double the normal market price and called for a forensic investigation into the tender of the water meters. This forensic investigation must be fast-tracked and results made immediately available on completion.In supporting the recommendations of this Committee, the ACDP wishes to concur with the comments of the AG of SA, Mr Kimi Makwetu, when he said that our municipalities are in a crisis because they have the wrong people at the till. The ACDP calls on the incoming AG, Tsakani Maluleke, to enforce her new powers found in the amended audit Act, which emboldens the AG to issue certificates of debt, to personally hold financial and accounting officers responsible for funds misappropriated due to material irregularities uncovered.” ... See MoreSee Less
Debate on Higher Education Report on Oversight Visit to GautengSpeech by Wayne Thring MP, Deputy PresidentACDP concerned over the number of budget cuts the Department of Higher Education, Science and Technology has to endure · calls on the department to recover debt from students who benefitted from free or subsidized higher education“Honourable House Chair,The ACDP notes that this comprehensive report outlines the broader picture of the Higher Education sector, and after one of the hardest lockdowns in the world in SA, we are certainly in a vastly different educational space, with the future of our young minds hanging in the balance. I make this statement as this report speaks to a pre-lockdown era.Of great concern to the ACDP are the number of budget cuts the Higher Education Science and Technology Department had to endure, firstly in order to address Covid-19 and strengthen our health system, and now after the October MTBPS, R1.13 billion was transferred from the Department to assist with the bailout of SAA. As a result of failed government SOEs, failed policies, corrupt and inept individuals at the helm of key SOEs, our students now have to bear the brunt of this financial mismanagement.An additional concern of the ACDP is the student debt of R9billion. It is crucial that we inculcate moral, ethical and principled values in our students. While some may have indeed fallen on hard times, others completely ignore the commitment they made to settle any outstanding debt. The ACDP has called on the department to recover debt from those students, now gainfully employed, who have benefitted from free or subsidized higher education, paid from public funds. Rather than inculcating a culture of entitlement and destroying what you have in order to obtain what you don’t have, our students must develop a culture of responsibility and when finding themselves gainfully employed, should “pay-it-back” in order to assist those students who are still struggling financially.The ACDP welcomes the support given to support students from poor and working class families wishing to attend university and TVET colleges and calls for immediate action to be taken where allegations of corruption and maladministration at NSFAS are found to be true.We indeed agree that our TVET colleges must be modernized and improved, as a failure to do so will impact on the quality of teaching and the throughput rates in the TVET sector.The ACDP further acknowledges the potential that the CSIR has in the area of research and development and the need for synergies and collaboration of all government departments in order to benefit from the uptake of the innovations and technologies of the CSIR.In conclusion, the ACDP asserts that we do not need a new normal in higher education, science and technology, but a better normal.” ... See MoreSee Less
Response to the Infrastructure Investment PlanSpeech by Wayne Thring MP, Deputy PresidentACDP says the Infrastructure Investment Plan will remain a pipedream unless more detail is given"Honourable House Chairperson,In the view of the ACDP, there can be no denying that an infrastructure plan, as well as an investment one is need in South Africa.The nine wasted years of state capture that has cost the nation hundreds of billions of rands through fraud, corruption and rampant theft has not abated, evidenced by the AG’s report on the state of our municipalities and the recent reports on corrupt PPE deals across government departments. Corruption of this nature hurts the poor among us, robs them of their dignity and ensnares them in a cycle of poverty, not just because of our apartheid past, which was reprehensible, but now because of the politically connected individuals who are allowed to plunder public resources with impunity. These are the accused no 1, who ought to be standing in the dock.With that being said, South Africa is plagued with geospatial infrastructural inequalities, characterized by a lack of social infrastructure in urban and rural communities, as a result of decades of underinvestment. Additionally, we have also seen decades of little to no maintenance in key sectors, and a lack of sustained development in the energy, telecommunications, rail, roads, water and waste management, among others. The South African Infrastructure problem statement can be defined as bureaucratic, having a silo mentality between departments, hence resulting in a lack of integration between key sectors. Undoubtedly, there is a need to address the fragmentation of infrastructure delivery. The question is; is this infrastructure investment plan the panacea to the infrastructure problems we face as a nation?It is the view of the ACDP that in order for this Infrastructure Investment Plan to work, the relevant oversight committees, need to see the MOA’s between the necessary departments. We also need to be able to interrogate the funding instruments to be utilized, including the blended funding, to which government has committed R100 billion over the next 10 years, so as to ascertain how much is committed from private companies and how much from government. Additionally, the 62 catalytic projects need further unpacking, particularly in how these projects are being funded. This is critical for parliamentary committees to play their oversight role of monitoring funding, expenditure and expected outcomes of projects.The ACDP agrees with former President Thabo Mbeki, in his critical analysis of the Infrastructure Investment Plan, that the plan lacks in detail and the ACDP submits that unless detail is given on the rollout of a robust pipeline of projects, this plan will remain a pipedream." ... See MoreSee Less