Lamola: Ministers must deliver or be fired

The ANCYL’s Ronald Lamola said cabinet ministers should fulfill the mandates of their departments.

ANCYL deputy president Ronald Lamola. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) deputy president Ronald Lamola on Saturday said cabinet ministers should take responsibility for the non-delivery of their departments.

Lamola was speaking at the League's Nelson Mandela Lecture in Hillbrow, Johannesburg.

Referring to the Limpopo textbook crisis, the deputy president said leaders must fulfill the mandates of their departments and that they should be fired if they fail to do so.

Seven months into the school year, many learners in Limpopo still do not have all of their learning material.

The initial delay was caused by an invalid tender to a textbook supplier. The tender was however only cancelled in April.

The Department of Basic Education failed to meet a deadline imposed by the North Gauteng High Court to deliver textbooks to all Limpopo schools by 15 June.

It then agreed with applicants of the court interdict and rights group Section 27 to deliver all textbooks to schools by 27 June. The deadline was also missed.

While many have called for Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga to step down, her department has said she is not to blame for the crisis and that she has fulfilled her mandate as education minister.

Motshekga's department took over the administration of Limpopo education in December 2011, after that department overspent its budget.

Lamola said ministers were quick to make promises to deliver, but even quicker to blame others when they failed to do so.

The ANCYL deputy leader also criticised Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa for not knowing were the funds for a security wall in his private home came from.

A City Press investigation revealed that police officials were guilty of setting up a secret service fund and purchasing things on the account of taxpayers.

The paper reported that the police chief spent R200, 000 from the slush fund to build a security wall at his KwaZulu-Natal home and help pay for his Mercedes Benz car.

The minister ordered a probe into the fund, saying he knew nothing of it.

Nombembe earlier in July revealed a report that found that secret service funds were used to pay for the security wall.

But he found no evidence that the minister was aware of the source of the funding.

Lamola said it was unacceptable that Mthethwa did not know where funds for the wall came from.

"We must build an accountable democracy and those who misuse funds must be fired like everyone else."