Media Statement|STATEMENT OF THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC ACCOUNTS OF THE FREE STATE LEGISLATURE ON SITUATION AT FEZILE DABI DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY |11 October 2018

Bloemfontein - In terms of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, the Legislature through its Committees is required to play an oversight role over the executive and other state entities. Different portfolio committees of the Free State Legislature regularly receive reports and updates about how the executive and these entities are delivering on their constitutional mandate.
As such the Committee on Public Accounts received and assessed the Audited Financial Statements of Municipalities for the year ending on the 30th June 2018. In terms of the process of the committee, Fezile Dabi is required to appear before the Committee on Public Accounts and has failed to do so on two occasions. The Committee therefore resolved to visit the Municipality to allow for the process to unfold as required by law. To this effect, the committee duly informed the Fezile Dabi District Municipality and the Member of the Executive Council for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Hon. Oupa Khoabane, so that there is accountability. It is therefore very concerning to the committee that the MEC, Hon. Oupa Khoabane has on two occasions failed to appear before the committee on reasons that reflect neglect and disrespect to the Committee.
Furthermore, it is also concerning that the committee was refused entry by the private security appointed by the Municpal Manager which is a direct obstruction to the functionality of our constitutional mandate. The Committee is also aware that the Municipality is experiencing a very volatile situation in which there is perpetual maladministration which is attributed to the Audit outcome in which the Municipality received an adverse opinion. The issues such as the non-payment of salaries of employees, councillors

 

having to hold their meeting in external venues due to refusal of entry by the Municipal Manager and the general collapse of administrative systems are among the problems in the Municipality.
Therefore, the committee resolved on the following recommendations:
• There should be a forensic investigation relating to the issues of financial irregularities and maladministration.
• The committee will explore legal avenues in ensuring that the issue of access to the municipality is resolved as the Municipality is a public entity.
• The committee resolved to further institute a subpoena to ensure that all relevant parties including the MEC appear before the committee without failure and in the interest of accountability.
Released by:
Free State Legislature Committee on Public Accounts

 

 

 

The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Public Accounts and Finance Hon, Neels Van Rooyen, invites the Media to a Briefing about the recent visit it undertook to Fezile Dabi District Municipality.
The Committee will deal with the volatile situation the Municipality is going through. It will also cover the issue relating to the refusal of entry by the municipal security to the premises of Fezile Dabi District Municipality.

The Details of the Briefing are as follows:
• Date: Thursday, 11 October 2018
• Time: 11h00
• Venue: Southern Life Plaza, 6th Floor

For further Enquiries contact:

Mr. Life Mokone
Spokesperson and Head of Communication
Free State Legislature
Tel: (051) 407 1100
Cell: 076 231 6810
e-mail: lifem@fsl.gov.za

Portfolio committees of the Free State Legislature are mainly responsible for conducting practical oversight on the “work” done by Members of the Executive Council. This oversight function is confirming the Constitution, specifically that Members of the Executive Council are individually and collectively accountable to the Legislature.

The Portfolio Committees advises the Whip Committee when it has concluded its consideration of a bill and will then table its report in the Legislature. The Committee’s report may include proposed amendments to bill.

Keys issue that the Committees to the Legislature is expected to cover in the programme.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

NONE

COMMITTEE UPDATE

Schedule of Committee meetings for the week of 17 – 21 September 2018 is as follows:

1. Tuesday, 18 September 2018

1.1 Portfolio Committee on Public Works, Infrastructure, Roads, Transport and Human Settlements

Time: 10:00
Venue: LEJWELEPUTSWA DISTRICT
Business: - Site visits to Housing Project in Ventersburg
- Site visit to Road Infrastructure Project between Wesselsbron and Hoopstad
- Site visit to Road Infrastructure Project between Bothaville and Viljoenskroon

2. Wednesday 19 September 2018

2.1. Portfolio Committee on Education, Health and Social Services

Time: 10:00
Venue: Multi-Purpose Centre, QWAQWA
Business: Public hearings on the National Health Laboratory Services Amendment Bill

2.2. Portfolio Committee on Public Works, Infrastructure, Roads, Transport and Human Settlements

Time: 10:00
Venue: Fezile Dabi District
Business: - Site visit to Road Infrastructure Project at Parys
- Site visit to Road Infrastructure Project at Denneysville
- Site visit to Road Infrastructure Project at Petrus Steyn
- Site visit to Road Infrastructure Project at Villiers

3. Thursday, 20 September 2018

3.1 Portfolio Committee on Public Works, Infrastructure, Roads, Transport and Human Settlements

Time: 10:00
Venue: Thabo Mofutsanyana District
Business: - Site visit to Road Infrastructure Project at Bethlehem
- Site visit to Housing Project at Ficksburg
- Site visit to Taxi Rank at Ladybrand

3.2 Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Office of the Premier and Legislature

Time: 09:00
Venue: Committee Room 2, Southern Life Plaza, Bloemfontein
Business: Consideration of the 2018/19 First Quarterly non-financial reports of the following:
- Department of Police, Roads and Transport,
- Department of the Premier and
- Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and
- Free State Legislature

4. Friday, 21 September 2018

4.1 Portfolio Committee on Public Works, Infrastructure, Roads, Transport and Human Settlements

Time: 10:00
Venue: Xhariep District
Business: - Site visit to Road Infrastructure Project at Bethulie
- Site visit to Housing Project at Bethulie


 

Free State Legislature, Friday, 10 August 2018 – Free State Legislature Portfolio Committee on Public Accounts and Finance will be joining the Parliament Standing Committee on Appropriation over the next week undertaking an oversight visit in the Free State Province. The purpose of the oversight visit is to assess implementation and progress of the Bucket Eradication Programme in Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality and Setsoto Local Municipality.

The committee will also assess the maintenance of social infrastructure, such as hospitals, clinics and military bases, in the province.

A detailed programme with dates, times and all sites to be visited is available here: https://www.parliament.gov.za/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/2018/august/10-08-2018/Revised_Draft_Programme_August_2018.pdf

For further information, please contact:

Ms Kekeletso Motsieolo
062 950 9195
kekeletsom@fsl.gov.za


Media Statement|LEGISLATURE REJECTS THE STATEMENT ON VOLKSBLAD AS MISLEADING |07 August 2018

Bloemfontein - Free State Legislature, has noted the story contained in the Volksblad newspaper today, the 07 August 2018. The article makes reference to the ‘alleged’ derogatory comments made by the Hon. Mathabo Leeto, Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation (SACR) during the debate on Women’s Month last Friday, 03 August 2018. The comments resulted in members of the opposition particularly from the Democratic Alliance leaving the sitting in protest. According to the newspaper, the Democratic Alliance claims that the Chairperson of Committees, Hon. Jonas Ramokhoase who was the Presiding Officer for the session, refused to call the MEC to order. This report is untrue and misleading the public as it fails to reflect the correct intervention by the Presiding Officer during the sitting. In terms of rule 96(2) of the Rules and Orders of the Free State Legislature, the presiding officer shall give his or her decision forthwith or subsequently on an objection raised to language considered to be offensive or unbecoming under rule 96. Therefore a Presiding Officer is allowed to rule that the matter be considered and that he or she will report to the House at the next sitting for the ruling on the correct interpretation of Members’ comments. This is done by taking consideration of, but not limited to, the Hansard in determining if indeed Members’ comments do constitute a breach of the rules as more than one language is normally used in debates. Release by the Free State Legislature

Media Advisory|FSL Prison and Churches Interactive Road Show|14-18 May 2018

Bloemfontein - The Speaker of the Free State Legislature Hon. Mamiki Qabathe will embark on interactive road show in the Free State Province as part of promoting its vision “An Activist Legislature that champions democracy’’ and mission which is to promote good governance and culture of human rights, through public participation, law making and oversight that is vigilant, dynamic proactive and responsive.
As per the resolution of the Interfaith Dialogue held in Mangaung in May 2018, Participants requested that the Legislature have a District based programme where Churches and Prisons are visited as part of Moral Regeneration and National Building Programme. Through this initiative Free State Legislature aims to (1) Combating socialites’ challenges and inculcate a custom of reclaiming our communities, (2) building on moral regeneration efforts by advancing issues of social cohesion and nation building through sports and dialogue and motivational sessions.
The FSL Prison and Churches Road Show for this week is scheduled as follows:

Prison Session
• Date: Wednesday, 01 August 2018
• Time: 10h00
• Venue: Grootvlei Prison

Church Session
• Date: Thursday, 02 August 2018
• Time: 14h00
• Venue: St John Methodist Church (Batho Location)

Portfolio committees of the Free State Legislature are mainly responsible for conducting practical oversight on the “work” done by Members of the Executive Council. This oversight function is confirming the Constitution, specifically that Members of the Executive Council are individually and collectively accountable to the Legislature.

The Portfolio Committees advises the Whip Committee when it has concluded its consideration of a bill and will then table its report in the Legislature. The Committee’s report may include proposed amendments to bill.

Keys issue that the Committees to the Legislature is expected to cover in the programme.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

1. Interfaith Dialogue

The Interfaith Dialogue, as arranged by the Office of the Speaker, will convene as follows:

Date: Tuesday, 15 May 2018
Time: 10:00 – 15:00
Venue: Chamber of the Fourth Raadsaal, BLOEMFONTEIN

 

COMMITTEE UPDATE

Schedule of Committee meetings for the week of 14 – 18 May 2018 is as follows:

1. Monday, 14 May 2018

1.1. Portfolio Committee on Education, Health and Social Services

Time: 10:00
Venue: Committee Room 2, 6th Floor, Southern Life Plaza, BLOEMFONTEIN
Business: Consideration of Draft Committee reports on the following:
- 2016/17 Annual reports of Departments of Education; Health and Social Development,
- Site visit to Boitumelo Regional Hospital and Matete Matches Secure Care Centre,
- 2nd Quarterly non-financial reports of Departments of Education, Health and Social Development,
- 3rd Quarterly non-financial reports of Departments of Education, Health and Social Development

2. Tuesday, 15 May 2018

2.1. Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Office of the Premier and Legislature

Session 1: Briefing on Public Service Commission Amendment Bill

Time: 10:00
Venue: Side Hall, Bethlehem Town Hall, BETHLEHEM

Session 1: Public hearings on Public Service Commission Amendment Bill

Time: 16:00
Venue: Bethlehem Town Hall, BETHLEHEM

3. Wednesday, 16 May 2018

3.1. Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Small Business, Sport, Arts and Culture

Time: 09:00
Venue: Committee Room 2, 6th Floor, Southern Life Plaza, BLOEMFONTEIN
Business: Consideration of 3rd and 4th Quarterly non-financial reports of Departments

3.2. Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Office of the Premier and Legislature

 

Time: 16:00
Venue: Chamber of the Fourth Raadsaal, BLOEMFONTEIN
Business: Public hearings on Public Service Commission Amendment Bill

Bloemfontein - The Free State Legislature’s role is to play an oversight over the executive and holding the departments accountable for service delivery which is one of our key constitutional mandates. Public Participation is essential in this regard, where the community needs to be involved in all the processes and for their inputs to be included in the governance processes.
It is against this background that the Speaker of the Free State Legislature, Hon. Mamiki Qabathe – as part of “Taking the Legislature to the People” will be conducting pre-budget meetings in all the areas that will be hosting budget speeches. The objective of these meetings is to get the public to participate in the budget processes and get inputs as to how best can various departments better their services towards our people.
The meetings are arranged as follows:
Kroonstad
Engagement with Stakeholders of the Department of Social Development
Venue : Constantia Park Hall
Date : 17 April 2018
Time : 15h00
Engagement with Stakeholders of the Department of Health
Venue : Boitumelo Hospital
Date : 17 April 2018
Time : 17h00
NB: Relevant departments will be part of the pre-budget meetings to respond community enquiries.

 

Media Advisory|Free State Legislature mourns the passing of Winnie Nomzamo Madikizela-Mandela
|03 April 2018


Bloemfontein - The Free State Legislature joins all South Africans and the world in sending condolences to the Mandela family on the passing of the anti-apartheid struggle icon, Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, passed away on Monday afternoon the 2nd April 2018, while receiving medical attention at Netcare Milpark Hospital, Johannesburg at the age 81.


During her lifetime, Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela sacrificed her career and her individual interests to focus on the interests of all our people. She used all her energies and skills to represent the downtrodden masses of our country, she became the voice of the voiceless, a torch bearer during the dark days of apartheid and candle that refused to be blown away. For many years, she stood with the poor and remained the great patriot for African independent. She was always with the people and inspired many anti-apartheid struggles and protests across the country during the period in which many ANC leaders were exiled and imprisoned. Mama Winnie was well-known across the world for her resilience and clarity but also for her leadership.


Her activism and resistance to apartheid landed her in jail on numerous occasions, eventually causing her to be banished to a small town of Brandfort in the then Orange Free State. The idea was to isolate her from the thick of things in the Transvaal but due to her love of people, instead of prison Brandfort rather became another home.


While expressing her shock and sadness, the Speaker Hon. Mamiki Qabathe said ‘’as a struggle icon in her own right during the years of apartheid and suppression, Mama Madikizela-Mandela was a rock, defender of the vulnerable and defenceless. She was a torch bearer, a gender activist, an inspiration to millions of down-trodden women across the globe and a fighter. She dedicated most of her adult life to the cause of the people and for this she became known as the Mother of the Nation.’’


The Free State Legislature encourages our society particularly the youth to follow in her footsteps and become selfless servants of our country. Our youth must make a choice and follow in the footsteps of such great leaders.

During the darkest periods of apartheid, Mama Winnie was feared by the system, the security agencies regularly and consistently visited her house and harassed her in front of her children. Her resilience and resolute reaction against the system in defence of our people proved the Sesotho proverb that “Mme o tshwara thipa ka bohaleng”.
We at the Free State Legislature and certainly South Africa and the world as a whole will remain indebted to Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s contribution. May her soul rest in peace.


 

To All Media Houses
06 April 2018
The Free State Legislature notes the confusion caused by the picture taken during the oath-taking ceremony of a new member Kwekwe William Bulwane, Wednesday the 4th of April 2018 as a Member of the Legislature. The picture that was circulated on various social media platforms showed the official photograph of the former President Jacob Zuma still hanging on the wall inside the office of the Speaker instead of President Cyril Ramaphosa. Understandably, the photograph drew negative public attention to the institution to the extent that the institution is regarded as defiant to the President of the Republic. We wish to place our record straight, that we recognise President Cyril Ramaphosa as the only President in the Republic. We support the ideas, leadership and vision of President Ramaphosa and the direction he is taking in resolving the problems facing our country.
As a result, the institution has removed all photos of the former President and former Premier from our walls. It has become clear that the process of removing and replacing new photos with the correct specification took longer than intended. We wish to indicate that this is not the business culture within the Free State Legislature. We therefore wish to send our deepest regret and apologies to all South Africans and the Presidency about the confusion this issue might have caused.

 

Media Advisory|Free State Legislature mourns the passing of Winnie Nomzamo Madikizela-Mandela
|03 April 2018


Bloemfontein - The Free State Legislature joins all South Africans and the world in sending condolences to the Mandela family on the passing of the anti-apartheid struggle icon, Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, passed away on Monday afternoon the 2nd April 2018, while receiving medical attention at Netcare Milpark Hospital, Johannesburg at the age 81.


During her lifetime, Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela sacrificed her career and her individual interests to focus on the interests of all our people. She used all her energies and skills to represent the downtrodden masses of our country, she became the voice of the voiceless, a torch bearer during the dark days of apartheid and candle that refused to be blown away. For many years, she stood with the poor and remained the great patriot for African independent. She was always with the people and inspired many anti-apartheid struggles and protests across the country during the period in which many ANC leaders were exiled and imprisoned. Mama Winnie was well-known across the world for her resilience and clarity but also for her leadership.


Her activism and resistance to apartheid landed her in jail on numerous occasions, eventually causing her to be banished to a small town of Brandfort in the then Orange Free State. The idea was to isolate her from the thick of things in the Transvaal but due to her love of people, instead of prison Brandfort rather became another home.


While expressing her shock and sadness, the Speaker Hon. Mamiki Qabathe said ‘’as a struggle icon in her own right during the years of apartheid and suppression, Mama Madikizela-Mandela was a rock, defender of the vulnerable and defenceless. She was a torch bearer, a gender activist, an inspiration to millions of down-trodden women across the globe and a fighter. She dedicated most of her adult life to the cause of the people and for this she became known as the Mother of the Nation.’’


The Free State Legislature encourages our society particularly the youth to follow in her footsteps and become selfless servants of our country. Our youth must make a choice and follow in the footsteps of such great leaders.

During the darkest periods of apartheid, Mama Winnie was feared by the system, the security agencies regularly and consistently visited her house and harassed her in front of her children. Her resilience and resolute reaction against the system in defence of our people proved the Sesotho proverb that “Mme o tshwara thipa ka bohaleng”.
We at the Free State Legislature and certainly South Africa and the world as a whole will remain indebted to Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s contribution. May her soul rest in peace.



                                   

For Enquiries Contact:
Life Mokone (Mr.)| Spokesperson Email: Lifem@fsl.gov.za| Tel: 051 407 1100| Cell: 076 231 6810|

 

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