The Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) has come under intense scrutiny from her opposite number, following an appearance she made at a Parliamentary Committee. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was accused of evading accountability on Thursday.
While municipal services have collapsed in large parts of the country, the Department of Cooperative Governance & Traditional Affairs Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has awarded the officials responsible for oversight of this mess with almost R4 million in “performance rewards”.
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma sought for ‘bonus explanation’
Cilliers Brink is the Democratic Alliance (DA) deputy shadow minister for NDZ’s department. He claims that the politician was unable to explain a number of inconsistencies linked to the way her operation has performed over the past year. The DA representative says the structure at Cogta has collapsed, affecting municipalities in turn.
“The collapse of the department responsible for the oversight of local and provincial government seems to mirror the collapse of ANC-controlled provinces and municipalities across the country. And still, Cogta paid its officials almost R4 million in “performance rewards” in the last financial year.
“Despite two consecutive audit disclaimers, executives have been looked after, and Dlamini-Zuma hasn’t explained why. In the last financial year the Auditor-General could not find sufficient evidence to support most of what Cogta claims as its achievements, and for which managers were richly rewarded.”Cilliers Brink
Dlamini-Zuma fails to win over doubters in Cogta
Brink stands by his claims, and the accusations regarding the R4 million in bonus payments are particularly damning. In general, Dlamini-Zuma’s performance at the committee did little to inspire confidence:
- She failed to elaborate on why that the contract of the previous Director-General of the department had been “shortened”.
- The Auditor-General struggled to find sufficient evidence to support most of what COGTA claims as its “achievements”.
- There was no clarification on whether municipal managers were actually being properly vetted by COGTA.
NDZ and Cyril Ramaphosa
The DA now hope to make more noise about this issue in the National Assembly and plan to hold Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to account for her alleged actions – or thereby, lack of.
Once a political rival to Cyril Ramaphosa in the 2017 ANC leadership race, Dlamini-Zuma has served in his cabinet since May 2019. She also fills in as acting president, when both Cyril and David Mabuza are out of the country – the last occasion she was asked to do this was back in November.