Hon Chairperson, the Minister for the Department of Public Service and Administration, the Deputy Minister, Ministers presents here, members of the committee, distinguished guests, hon members, the NFP supports the Department of Public Service and Administration's proposed budget in the hope that it will be spent wisely in fighting the high level of corruption and maladministration in the Public Service.
The NFP is concerned about the high number of public servants and government officials who are doing business with the government. This practice, Chairperson, must be thoroughly investigated, exposed and eradicated without fear or favour because it is denting the image of this department.
The NFP further submits that the Public Service Commission, PSC, be seen doing its work not only at the national and provisional levels, but also at the local government level. It is a well-known fact that some municipalities in this country are in a state of devastation due to the levels of corruption and poor management.
We also believe that the National School of Government, NSG, will bring professionalism back into the Public Service.
Kuyinto eyaziwayo ukuthi abantu bakithi abagculiseki uma behambele iMinyango kahulumeni - abasizakali ngendlela efanele kunjalo nje abaphathwa ngendlela eyiyo. (Translation of isiZulu paragraph follows.)
[It is a well-known fact that our people are not satisfied every time they visit government departments - they do not receive appropriate assistance and, moreover, they do not receive proper treatment.]
We therefore believe that the National School of Government should be able to capacitate and develop the staff so that they execute their duties with passion and dedication.
The NFP believes that the approval of this budget will definitely take this department to a much higher level than before so that it renders the expected quality of service.
Ngalawo mazwi, ngiyagcizelela ukuthi i-NFP iyayeleseka leli Voti Lesabiwomali, kodwa siyacela ukuthi iMinyango yahulumeni isize abantu bakithi ngendlela. Abantu mabangamiswa emigqeni emide uma beyofuna usizo. Abasebenzi bahulumeni mabaqeqeshwe ngendlela efanele bangabi nomqondo wokuthi emsebenzini kusemakubo. Indawo yahulumeni kufanele isebenzele abantu okuyibona abasuke bekhethe lowo hulumeni. Ngalawo mazwi Ngqongqoshe siyalemukela leli Voti Lesabiwomali. Ngiyabonga. (Translation of isiZulu paragraph follows.)
[With these words, I am emphasising that the NFP supports this Budget Vote, but we are requesting government departments to serve our people appropriately. People should not be kept waiting in long queues when they want service. The public servants should be properly trained and they should do away with the mentality of thinking that their work place is their fathers' places. The government facilities are there in service of the people, as they are the ones who voted for that government. With these words, hon Minister, we support this Budget Vote. Thank you.]
HON MEMBERS: Malibongwe! [Praise!]