Gauteng Provincial Government the worst in the country for not paying suppliers in 30 days

The Gauteng Provincial Government consistently fails to pay suppliers within 30 days as it is mandated to do by the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA).

This was revealed by the Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni while responding to the DA written questions in the National Assembly.

According to Minister Mboweni, Gauteng Provincial Government is the worst in the country in terms of not paying suppliers in 30 days for the 2018/19 financial year.

In 2018/19 financial year the Gauteng Provincial Government owed over R2,5 billion to suppliers for invoices older than 30 days and not paid by the end of March 2019.

In the first quarter of 2019/20 financial year the Gauteng Provincial Government owed over R1,5 billion to suppliers for invoices older than 30 days and not paid for the period of April 2019 to June 2019.

The Gauteng Department of Health is the worst offender in the province as it owed R2,5 billion in the 2018/2019 financial year and over R1,3 billion in the first quarter of the 2019/20 financial year.

It is unacceptable for the Gauteng Department of Health not to pay its suppliers within 30 days.

In terms of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), government departments are obliged to pay suppliers within 30 days of receipt of invoice – but adherence to this, particularly by the Gauteng Provincial Government, has been lacking for years.

The Gauteng Department of Health has years of unpaid accruals for suppliers not being paid yet nothing is done to ensure that they adhere to a 30 day payment system.

Failure to pay suppliers within 30 days is killing small businesses particularly in the townships as they are struggling to survive due to non-payment by government departments.

I will be tabling questions to the MEC for Health, Bandile Masuku to ascertain what measures the department is putting in place to ensure that they adhere to a 30 days payment system.

Where the DA governs in the Western Cape, we pay 99% of suppliers within 30 days. In both the 2017/18 and 2018/19 financial years, the Western Cape Government departments paid on average 99.4% of all invoices for goods and services within 30 days.

The people are speaking: Jacob Zuma must go

Today’s National Day of Action is a statement of unity and intent, across political lines. South Africa is resolute and united that Jacob Zuma cannot continue on as our President.

 
South Africans from all walks of life, all religions, all creeds, all races are here today united in a common cause. This a movement of the people and this is an expression of the People’s Power.

 

This march comes just 5 days after tens of thousands of South Africans came out last Friday to march through the major cities of our country. Our movement against Jacob Zuma grows ever-stronger daily.

 

We are here because we love South Africa, to save South Africa from the kleptocracy that is the hallmark of President Jacob Zuma’s leadership.

 

No more shall we tolerate the abuse of power, the disregard for the rule of law and the repeated violations of the constitution.

 

No more shall we tolerate the capture of our state by the Zuma and the Gupta families.

 

No more shall we tolerate the stealing of our money, like at Nkandla, to enrich one man.

 

We have witnessed outright corruption and theft.

 

We have seen the connected few get rich, while everyone else gets poorer.

 

And now our country has been downgraded to “Junk Status” because of Zuma’s recklessness.

 

Tragically the poorest in our society will bear the real brunt of “junk status”

 

But it is Zuma who is the “Junk Status” of our nation.

 

Our country and our people are strong, our President is weak and “Junk”.

 

He has broken down our institutions, undermined Parliament, captured the prosecution service, weakened Police leadership – all to avoid accountability.

 

He has bankrupted our state companies, caused millions to lose their jobs, and is set to bankrupt our nation with a nuclear deal we can’t afford.

 

And now, in the face of all he has done wrong, Zuma wants to point the finger at those who bravely protest against him.

 

But we will not be divided, and we will not allow Zuma to dictate our motives.

 

We are a diverse movement of people who care about the future of our country. Do not paint us as anything but patriots, Mr President!

 

The ANC has tried to intimidate and threaten these marches, but they have not succeeded.

 

The ANC has threatened our peaceful marches and gatherings with violence, and the ANC has attacked and assaulted marchers. But we are undeterred by the ANC thuggery to protect Jacob Zuma.

 

Today’s march shows that threats of arrest or attack cannot stop a movement of people committed to bringing down a broken President.

Today’s march is not a once-off, but it continues as our rolling mass action gains momentum around the country. We invite more and more South Africans to continue to join us in this cause.

 

This march will symbolically continue on to Parliament when the National Assembly will vote in a Motion of No Confidence in Jacob Zuma.

 

Parliament hired Jacob Zuma, and now Parliament must fire Jacob Zuma. And only the ANC is standing in the way of Parliament firing Jacob Zuma.

 

After the 2016 Elections where the ANC suffered stunning defeats, and it began speaking about “humbling itself and listening”, it has the chance now to humble itself and listen. The people are speaking: Jacob Zuma must go.

 

When the day comes for the vote of no confidence in the National Assembly, every ANC Member of Parliament can and must vote with their conscience to remove Jacob Zuma.

 

It is time that our country and its beautiful people stop Jacob Zuma and his cronies from looting any more. NO more, we say, no more!

 

The people are speaking: Jacob Zuma must go.

Media Enquiries

John Moodey MPL
DA Gauteng Provincial Leader
082 960 3743

Yaseen Carelse
Media and Issues Specialist
076 721 8613

The Gauteng ANC is a “house divided”

 

The proud endorsement of President Zuma in last night’s address by ANC Ekurhuleni Mayor, Mzwandile Masina, to the ANCYL in Germiston can only be a clear indication that the cracks are beginning to show in the Gauteng ANC.

 
Over the weekend, ANC Legislature Chief-Whip, Brian Hlongwa publicly rallied against Zuma at the memorial service held for the late Ahmed Kathrada.

 
With the outright endorsement of President Jacob Zuma by Mayor Masina, will the Gauteng ANC capitulate to the man who has wreaked havoc on the nation and plunged millions of South African lives into despair?

 
Or will they have the moral conscience to stand up to the President in a vote of no confidence in the National Assembly? A failure to do so will show that the Gauteng ANC is a house divided against itself, which ultimately will fall.

Media Enquiries

John Moodey MPL
DA Gauteng Provincial Leader
082 960 3743

Warren Gwilt
DA Economic Cluster Manager
073 601 6144

DA Concerned Over Low Arrest And Conviction Of Gauteng Cop Killers

The DA is highly concerned over the seeming inability of the Gauteng SAPS to arrest and bring to book the killers of our men and women in blue.

In a written response to DA questions, it has emerged that 136 Gauteng police officers were killed in the line of duty since 2010.

However, only 35 perpetrators were successfully prosecuted and incarcerated for this heinous crime.

Of further concern is that none were brought to book since 2012/13.

Crime in South Africa has reached critical proportions, and the SAPS will only be able to turn the tide if officials are properly trained and equipped to do their job as best they can.

If police cannot fight crime, criminals will win; and the law-abiding citizens of our country will be at their mercy.

Tomorrow our DA colleagues in the National Assembly will table a plan to address this growing concern at Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Police, and will deal specifically with the under-resourcing and training challenges in the SAPS.

Furthermore, we will request a meeting with Gauteng Police Commissioner Lt-Gen Lesiba Mothiba asking to discuss policing needs in the province, and offer our assistance to raise this on Parliament’s Portfolio Committee.

The war on crime will only be won when South Africans from all walks of life and political persuasions work together to ensure that the brave men and women on the thin blue line are given every resource to tackle criminals in our society.

 

Media enquiries:

John Moodey MPL

DA Gauteng Provincial Leader

082 960 3743

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Minister Gordhan Must Clear the Air on Proposed West Rand Merger

National Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Pravin Gordhan’s indecisiveness the proposed intention to merge four West Rand municipalities into a metro, is causing much confusion and uncertainty for residents and business alike.Alan Fuchs DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Mogale City

On 13 January 2015 the minister proposed the amalgamation of the Randfontein, Merafong, Westonaria and Mogale City municipalities to the Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB).

The DA has subsequently come out strongly against the proposal because the West Rand fails to meet the criteria for a metro, as stipulated in the Demarcation Act, namely high densities, large economic nodes, a developed economy and a high volume of movement of goods and people.

In the latest MDB bulletin released in April, it is indicated that the Minister’s initial January proposal had been withdrawn.

As it stands, there is no proposal on the table for the creation of a Metro in the West Rand.

However, the same MDB bulletin indicates that public participation meetings will be held in early May 2015 to discuss ward boundaries in Mogale City, Merafong and a new council arising from the merger of the Randfontein and Westonaria councils.

No mention is made of the consideration of the external boundaries of a Metro, thus shrouding the proposal of a West Rand Metropolitan Municipality in uncertainty.

Is it the intention of the Minister to scrap the Metro or not?

To this end, our colleagues in the National Assembly will submit written questions to Minister Gordhan asking the minister to clarify, giving West Rand residents a clearer picture of what to expect in the run-up to the 2016 local government elections.

 

Media enquiries:

Alan Fuchs MPL

DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Mogale City

060 558 8313

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