Poor accountability reason why ECDOE grant was taken back by Treasury: SACP

MARCH 10, 2016

The South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Eastern Cape on Wednesday express its concern on the failure of the Eastern Cape Department of Education to spend infrastructure grant, which resulted to more than half a billion being surrendered back to National Treasury to the benefit of other provinces.

"We are concerned that a huge amount of money goes back to the National Treasury due to the failure to utilise, when we are having such an infrastructural challenges in the schools of the province," said SACP Eastern Cape Provincial Spokesperson, Siyabonga Mdodi.

"We call upon the MEC of Education, Mandla Makupula to demonstrate what action and measures he has undertaken to avoid this and the consequence measures he has taken for this disastrous under performance.

"We also call upon the Premier of the Province, Phumulo Masualle to assess the performance of the current infrastructure delivery model in the province as led by the Department of Public Works."

Mdodi said that the model, as it stands, spreads accountability level and other departments are regarded as client department of Public Works, and that includes the Department of Education.

"The accountability on service delivery is not centralised in line with the centralised service delivery model.  

"What makes matters worse is that even the lead department, Public Works has on more than one occasion expressed its capacity challenges for the required technical capacity for implementation and monitoring," he described.

"We are fully behind any genuine efforts for accountability as long as they are not selective and go deeper to the systemic problems beyond the deployed individual."