Fred Nel MPL
DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Local Government
The Gauteng Local Government Department during Humphrey Mmemezi’s tenure as MEC failed to achieve 53% of its strategic objectives according to the Auditor-General in the department’s latest annual report.
Further analysis showed that the department only achieved 42% of its objectives set for local government support.
It also underspent its budget by R127 million, of which almost R50 million was not spent towards local government support.
Apart from these damning indicators the annual report shows that the department failed to set proper targets during Mmemezi’s tenure, which contributed towards its dismal performance. A view supported by the Auditor General in the annual report.
Mmemezi presided over several controversial appointments in the department, undoubtedly contributing to the dismal failures.
Premier Nomvula Mokonyane’s decision to sack the controversial Mmemezi was clearly the right one, and only time will tell whether his successor, Ntombi Mekgwe, will turn things around.
The MEC must ensure that these critical shortcomings are addressed to enable the department to render the much needed support to crippled municipalities across the province.