Act within the law, Scopa warns Wa­ter and San­i­ta­tion of­fi­cials

The Mercury - - NATION - MAYIBONGWE MAQHINA [email protected] THEMBA GODI

PAR­LIA­MENT has in­structed the Wa­ter and San­i­ta­tion Depart­ment to fix its organogram and that its of­fi­cials should act within the con­fines of the law re­gard­less of who the min­is­ter was.

The Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Pub­lic Ac­counts (Scopa) is­sued this warn­ing when the of­fi­cials ap­peared at its meet­ing to ac­count about the depart­ment’s fi­nances.

This as the depart­ment is sad­dled with posts, in­clud­ing deputy di­rec­tors-gen­eral, that don’t ex­ist in the organogram that was re­jected by the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Ser­vice and Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“(On) the is­sue of the organogram, we want to urge you to do what is within the law,” Scopa chair­per­son Themba Godi said.

Godi said the depart­ment should look at the num­ber of ap­proved deputy di­rec­tors-gen­eral and those em­ployed by the depart­ment.

“I see that you have about seven deputy di­rec­tors-gen­eral and I’m not sure if those are for act­ing di­rec­tor-gen­eral.

“We need to sort out this con­fu­sion about whether this is a new or ap­proved struc­ture,” he said.

The depart­ment has had act­ing di­rec­tors-gen­eral and chief fi­nance of­fi­cers over the years.

In his 2017/18 re­port, Au­di­tor-Gen­eral Kimi Mak­wetu blamed the sham­bles in its fi­nances on the depart­ment’s lead­er­ship, which was marred by act­ing di­rec­tor-gen­er­als and in­sta­bil­ity in the CFO po­si­tion.

The ANC’s Ezekiel Kekana noted that there was in­sta­bil­ity at the top man­age­ment.

“Al­most ev­ery­body is act­ing. We need con­fir­ma­tion when they ap­point per­ma­nent peo­ple,” Kekana said.

Godi said doc­u­ments sub­mit­ted by the depart­ment showed that there has been the same deputy di­rec­tors-gen­eral over six years.

“At that level, there has be con­sis­tency. Weak­ness is not as a re­sult of new peo­ple. All these peo­ple have been here for quite some time; they over­see spe­cific pro­jects and pro­grammes,” he said.

Deputy Min­is­ter Pam Tsh­wete said Min­is­ter Gugile Nk­winti had found the ma­jor­ity of of­fi­cials in act­ing po­si­tions

Fix the organogram as the depart­ment is sad­dled with posts, in­clud­ing deputy di­rec­tors-gen­eral,

that don’t ex­ist

Scopa chair­per­son

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