INVASION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH OFFICES
The KwaZulu-Natal Executive Council (Cabinet) has called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of all the people who invaded the offices and held hostage the Accounting Officer of the Department of Health last Friday.
The decision was taken after a lengthy discussion of a report presented to the cabinet sitting in Pietermaritzburg today (Wednesday) on the incident involving members of an organisation calling itself the Federation for Radical Economic Transformation (FFRET). This group is reported to have run amok within the department offices, violated security measures in place there, harassed and physically threatened officials within the Health Department and members of a team deployed by the Provincial Treasury to assist the department.
Acting Premier Sihle Zikalala said: “Government is committed to radical economic change. There are genuine business people who are struggling, but they follow the law”.
Members of the cabinet described the conduct of those involved in the invasion of the Health Department offices as criminal.
The Cabinet also called for a thorough investigation of the role of some of the department officials who are alleged to have played a role in facilitating the invasion. The investigation should also include the role of the security company hired to protect the Natalia government building where the incident occurred.
It is alleged that the group of invaders stormed through the main entrance of the building, manhandled officials in the supply chain management and held hostage the Acting Head of Department for a while.
Cabinet members questioned why police did not act against the invasion, describing the act of invasion as anarchic and lawless.
Cabinet also considered a number of other matters relating to governance in the province.
DIRECTIVE TO MUNICIPALITIES
This include a decision to support the Department of COGTA in implementing a directive for Mayors and municipalities to institute consequence management in cases of unauthorised, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure by municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal. This is in terms of Section 139(1) (a) of the Constitution which compels mayors and municipal councils to take such action. The 2016/17 municipal audit outcomes reflected a regression on clean audits.
SECURITY INDUSTRY ENGAGEMENT
A planned engagement between the provincial government and the private security industry was also discussed and supported. The engagement which is expected to take place towards the end of September, will discuss issues of mutual interest in order to promote enforcement of regulations and enhance conduct that is in line with the law. There are 1587 registered private security companies accredited to the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA).
DISTRICT SAFETY ACTIVATIONS
The Cabinet also received and supported a report detailing district safety activations on 24 October as part of the October Transport Month. Activations will include enforcement and road safety operations, transport infrastructure delivery, district activations and Thuma Mina safety walks.
MULTI-PARTY POLITICAL INTERVENTION
A decision was also taken by the cabinet to support the resuscitation of the Multi-Party Political Intervention Committee in preparation for the general elections next year.
PRINCIPLES AND VALUES
Next Monday the Public Service Commission (PSC) in partnership with the Office of the Premier will launch the KZN Values and Principles in Mayville, Durban. The Premier, the Speaker of the Legislature and the PSC Commissioner will sign a pledge to commit to the Constitutional Values and Principles that govern public administration.
The Cabinet also received a report about the death of a nurse who was six months pregnant whose body was found at the Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve. She was employed at Gamalakhe Clinic in Ugu District. The nurse, Nelisa Cele was reported missing last week Wednesday. A case of murder has been opened.
Issued on behalf of the Secretary to Cabinet Dr Nonhlanhla Mkhize.
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