By Sizwe Mchunu, MPL, Leader of the DA in the KZN Legislature / DA KZN Spokesperson on the Office of the Premier:
THE DA will today oppose Vote 1, under the KZN Office of the Premier, in its entirety according to Rule 82 (2) in the KZN Provincial Legislature.
The decision to oppose the Vote is made on the grounds that this department, under Premier Senzo Mchunu, continues to mismanage its finances.
The situation is so severe that even the Treasury Budget analyst indicated that a disclaimer was almost a definite for the previous financial year.
It is also clear that there was never a real plan to dissolve the Royal Household department. This is evident from the current bizarre and shambolic financial state of the department with money still lying in the Royal Household department, unused.
In the interim, the image of Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has been severely tarnished by claims of runaway expenditure.
The DA is not convinced that the current leadership within the Office of the Premier fully understands its central role within the provincial government and specifically its role as the accounting office for the Royal Household.
It is also debatable whether the Premier understands the importance of leading by example when it comes to directing affairs within this department.
It is an indictment and an embarrassment that within the KZN Legislature the Premier’s own Office is one of the worst-run.
The buck stops with the Premier – he is the person who must be held accountable.