NCOP must form ad-hoc committee to oversee section 100 intervention in Limpopo

Langa Bodlani MPL

DA Limpopo Spokesperson on Treasury

Limpopo residents suffer poor service delivery now at the hands of the section 100 intervention team initially sent here to rescue this province from poor financial administration. The NCOP must urgently form an ad-hoc committee to focus specifically on this issue to ensure that we stop the mess now.

According to yesterday’s reports, a medical waste tender was apparently stopped by the intervention team ostensibly on the grounds that it was too cheap. This resulted in the continuation of a R4.6 million a month medical waste tender instead of opting for a cheaper one of R3.9 million.

The lack of a coherent handling of provincial tenders by the intervention team is having a severe impact especially in the health sector because patients, according to the same report, do not have linen and clothing because of the delay in awarding the tender.

Whilst the team must be prudent in awarding tenders, our people cannot be made to suffer the consequences of inadequate performance either by the provincial government or the intervention team.

The intervention team in its decisions must always put the interest of the people first. Whilst the DA welcomed the team, it cannot do as it pleases.

In the past, concerned about the impact of this intervention on service delivery, we wrote to the then Minister of Finance Mr Pravin Gordhan to enquire exactly how was he going to ensure that services are not hampered. We received no response.

I will engage my colleagues at the National Council of Provinces to urgently raise this matter at this institution as it is required by the constitution to monitor the intervention while it continues.