OF THE LEGISLATURE BY CHAIRPERSON OF STACOV; HON. NONTEMBEKO BOYCE, MPL
DEBATE BY IFP
– The IFP notes that the report tabled by the Chairperson of STACOV, reflects a saving amounting to R21m which were savings from fewer activities during the Local Government election year of 2116 and cost-saving mechanisms. What is positive is that this sum was ploughed back into coffers of our Legislature.
– We note Hon. Speaker that, among other things, there was an R5m savings because the Public Representatives forwent their increment. Hon. Speaker this was a positive gesture of patriotism for which we must thank all our colleagues in the political field. However, while this gesture is commendable, we wish to caution that it must not be handled in a way that defeats its very purpose. We must not create an impression that it is only Parliamentarians who must demonstrate love for their country by foregoing their increments. Especially because at the level of government, especially at national level, there are reports upon reports of funds that cannot be accounted offer. And some have developed round bellies from dipping their dirty hands into public funds. Parliamentarians must not be scapegoats for those who engage in political gimmicks trying to divert the attention of citizens from the fact that public funds are being squandered in this country. The IFP believes Hon. Speaker that South Africa has enough resources to cater for her people. All we need is political morality and conscience which direct those in power to serve the people not their bellies.
– Hon. Speaker, as the saying goes, “an army marches on its stomach.” Therefore whatever difficult circumstances we are going through, government must not disadvantage those who shoulder the burden to serve their people. The Apostle Paul’s advice to Timothy in 1 Timothy 5 verse 18 said: “For Scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserve his wages.”
– The IFP fully concurs with the Stacov Report which first commended the staff for their cons-cutting measures. We wish to add our voice because we are aware of the difficult job they face in trying to cut costs while the Legislature is already unfunded even before any cost-cutting measures. In addition, we wish to add our voice in that indeed the Legislature Staff must monitor spending in departmental events. Outreach programs by the government and the Legislature are an indispensable responsibility that we must execute. However, they must not be allowed to turn into unnecessary flamboyant events which look like music festivals more than engagement with constituents.
Hon. Speaker, with these contributions, the IFP registers our support for the report.
I thank You