DA debates Gauteng Premier’s 2014/15 Annual Report

The following speeches were delivered in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature on 01 December by the DA’s Jack Bloom MPL and Justus de Goede MPL during a debate on the 2014/15 Annual Report for the Office of the Premier.

Speech by
Jack Bloom MPL

“Wheels of delivery slow to turn in Premier’s office”

  • It is a sad comment after 21 years of single party rule in Gauteng that there is still not a fully staffed premier’s office to do its vital work in leading this province.
  • There were 122 cases of financial misconduct, mostly for theft, fraud and corruption, but guess how many officials face criminal charges for this. Only four officials, which is a prosecution rate of 3 percent.
  • Another drain on resources is the former Premier’s Official residence in Bryanston. R4.2 million has been spent on it since May last year when the current premier decided not to live there.
  • Honourable Premier, it is inexcusable to continue to pay money on this white elephant which should be sold as soon as possible.

The full speech can be obtained here.

 

Speech by

Justus de Goede MPL

“Premier Makhura: A man of plans, but of little action”

  • The Ntirhisano Rapid Response War Room has, according to the report, merely recorded “complaints dealt with efficiently”. In contrast to the hot line, where figures are produced for results, there is no further information on the nature or quantity of these resolved complaints.
  • The Gauteng Infrastructure Coordinating Committee and in particular its offshoot, the Technical GICC, is supposed to streamline intergovernmental relations, yet there is no indication in the report back of what the meetings actually produced.
  • I do notice that the Premier has been in Tshwane several times, notably in Mamelodi, where I often find myself. I hope that he is speaking frankly to the Executive Mayor about matters like the Metro’s rapid transit system and smart electricity meters.

The full speech can be obtained here.