Faith de­fends R3.2m splurge

Iz­im­bi­zos crit­i­cal, min­is­ter ar­gues

Sowetan - - News - – Loy­iso Sidimba

Pub­lic Ser­vice and Ad­min­is­tra­tion Min­is­ter Faith Muthambi in­sists that the al­most R3.2-mil­lion spent on iz­im­bi­zos be­tween April and Au­gust this year was prop­erly and fruit­fully used.

Muthambi’s spokesman Pfarelo Maduguma said she made unan­nounced vis­its to the front­line ser­vice de­liv­ery points to sat­isfy her­self on the level and/or stan­dard of ser­vices of­fered to cit­i­zens.

“The money was prop­erly and fruit­fully used to hold Batho Pele iz­im­bizo, which is part of gov­ern­ment’s pro­gramme of com­mu­nity out­reach. Iz­im­bizo play an im­por­tant role of deep­en­ing and con­sol­i­dat­ing democ­racy,” said Maduguma.

He said when Muthambi ar­rived at the de­part­ment in April many staff mem­bers at­tended iz­im­bi­zos but this had since been curbed.

Now at­ten­dance is only lim­ited to crit­i­cal staff mem­bers who have a role to play dur­ing the im­bizo, ac­cord­ing to Maduguma.

On Wed­nes­day, Sowe­tan re­ported that be­tween April and Au­gust Muthambi and her deputy Dipuo Let­satsi-Duba spent nearly R3.2-mil­lion on iz­im­bi­zos across the coun­try in their first five months in of­fice.

Muthambi had re­vealed the fig­ure in a par­lia­men­tary re­ply to EFF MP Leigh-Ann Mathys, who had asked about the iz­im­bi­zos that her de­part­ment had held since April, the costs in­volved and the num­ber of ten­ders is­sued for the gath­er­ings.

Maduguma said Muthambi and Let­satsi-Duba’s pre­de­ces­sors also un­der­took iz­im­bi­zos as part of a broader di­rec­tive of the gov­ern­ment for po­lit­i­cal prin­ci­pals to en­gage di­rectly with com­mu­ni­ties to im­prove ser­vice de­liv­ery and as­sess chal­lenges. He said this was why Muthambi found a bud­get ap­proved by her pre­de­ces­sors for iz­im­bi­zos when she was de­ployed to the de­part­ment.

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