'There must be consequences for bad management'

President Jacob Zuma says ministers have been told to deal with officials who don't perform.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma says government agrees with the Auditor-General (AG) that there should be consequences for bad management in State departments and their entities.

Addressing the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) earlier today, he said ministers have been told how to deal with officials who don't perform.

Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu's report released yesterday shows national and provincial departments racked up R25.7 billion in irregular expenditure.

The figure is 27 percent lower than the previous year.

Zuma says Cabinet has discussed the role ministers must play to ensure there are consequences for bad management in government departments and their entities.

"The matter was discussed extensively in the last Cabinet with a view to finding solutions."

Zuma says ministers will ensure that directors-general carry out the remedial action outlined by the Auditor-General.

On the issue of local government effectiveness, Zuma says political instability and weak governance are two of the primary causes of poor service delivery at municipal level.