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The DA says the national Department of Social Development has failed the country’s most vulnerable citizens by not spending R989 million of its Social Assistance Budget.
Mike Waters, DA spokesman for social development, said on Sunday that according to the 2012/13 annual report, the department had failed to spend R989m. This included R425m of the disability grant allocation, R222m of the child support grant allocation and R11m of the old-age grant allocation had not been spent.
“With increasing levels of poverty, it is unfathomable that the department is unable to spend its budget.
“If the minister (Bathabile Dlamini) spent less time electioneering for the ANC and more time delivering, her department would be able to spend all its budget. The minister and her department cannot be allowed to short-change and neglect those they are meant to serve, and the DA will be sure to hold them to account.”
Lumka Oliphant, Dlamini’s spokeswoman, said it was not proper procedure to discuss the annual report before it was tabled in Parliament.
“We question where and how Mike Waters received the document before the scheduled day – this Wednesday.
“Mike Waters and the DA should also wait for the auditor-general to speak on the department’s financial report. The minister shall wait for the auditor-general to publicly pronounce his findings on the financials and then show the DA and Mike Waters how she has been delivering on her mandate. Mike Waters should therefore stay calm – Wednesday is just two days away.”