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|Onderwerp: ‘Liquor Board not fit for task’ Tue May 11, 2010 11:50 pm|| |
‘Liquor Board not fit for task’
THE Eastern Cape Liquor Board has come under fire for trying to pass off last year’s budget and strategic plan as being a new one for this financial year.
The presentation, meant to be made to the Economic Development and Environment Department portfolio committee last Friday, had to be postponed after it was revealed that the Board had not prepared new documents.
“They did not apply their minds and simply cut and pasted the last financial year’s documents, and then tried to pass them on as 2010/2011 ones for oversight discussion,” committee chairperson Xola Phakati said yesterday.
Saying that what they had done was unacceptable, Phakati said that the Liquor Board, like all entities, had had plenty of time to prepare the accurate documents.
“We told them to be back on 27 May with the proper ones,” he said, explaining it was a routine duty every year. “They have done some very shoddy work here.”
The Democratic Alliance’s John Cupido, who sits on the committee, said the Liquor Board had yet again been exposed for its fraudulent “mistakes”, an indication that sobriety was seriously lacking in getting even the basics right.
“Someone failed to do their job and we will be posing a question to the Finance MEC Mcebisi Jonas on how he will investigate to bring the guilty parties to book.”
He said that it was obvious that key people employed at the Liquor Board were not fit for their jobs.
“They do not have any intention to improve the functionality of this parastatal,” Cupido said.
He went on to explain that the Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism had informed the committee that the Liquor Board had been consistently non-compliant and blatantly disregarded Treasury regulation guidelines.
“The ANC’s mentality of not taking action, other than redeployment, against officials that make consistent, blatant and fraudulent ‘mistakes’ without being held accountable, happens across the board, in all departments and must stop now,” Cupido said.
The department would now have to assist the officials of the Liquor Board in doing their work.
“What this means is that incompetent, lazy officials who earn outrageous salaries, are getting off the hook and are given a second chance. It also means that the taxpayer is now paying double for work than should have been done properly the first time by competent senior officials.”
The Liquor Board was not available for comment yesterday.