PREMIER’S QUESTION TIME (i.t.o Rule 138)
3.PR001 Hon. S T Msimanga (DA) to ask the Premier:
Regarding lifestyle audits on Members of the Executive, could the Premier please indicate:
- by when (date) will these lifestyle audits be concluded;
- if they are concluded, why have they not been released;
- why has the Premier not taken the public into his confidence by explaining why there are delays in making these reports public;
- if these reports have been finalised, has there been any adverse findings against Members of the Executive; and
- if yes, which Members and what were the findings?
3.PR002 Hon. M Gana (DA) to ask the Premier:
Regarding ‘Operation Dudula Movement’ that has been terrorising and chasing out foreign Nationals in Gauteng townships, could the Premier please indicate:
- has the Premier been furnished with intelligence report on the operation of this movement in Gauteng;
- has the Province formulated a response to this movement, if so, please indicate what the response entail;
- from the assessment of the province, what are the economic and safety consequence of the actions of Operation Dudula movement; and
- what is the correct characterization of this movement?
3.PR003 Hon. F Hassan (ANC) to ask the Premier:
Noting the Office of the Premier’s role is providing strategic leadership and direction to government and society, and that all departments report to the office, can the Premier indicate:
(i) if the Office of the Premier has a system of monitoring and evaluating departmental performances, if so, is the system able assist departments to adhere to their Annual Performance Plans;
(ii) how does the system improve service delivery to the people of Gauteng; and
(iii) is the office of the Premier able to, through the monitoring and evaluation system identify departments that are performing poorly and intervene and what interventions does the office implement?
QUESTIONS FOR ORAL REPLY TO THE EXECUTIVE (i.t.o Rule 134)
(i.t.o Rule 133(4) [Questions carried over from the previous Question Day]
4.PS001 Hon. A D W Alberts (VF-Plus) to ask the Member of the Executive Council for Community Safety:
On the 02 February 2022, while on an Oversight Visit, the Safety Committee for Gauteng was appalled to hear that the SAPS at Norwood Police Station has lost more than 175 firearms since 2014. 134 exhibit firearms and 41 amnesty firearms.
What the SAPS neglected to state was that this was not the first time and it has happened before. See article IOL https://www.iol.co.za/amp/news/south-africa/gauteng/norwood-saps-station-commander-steps-down-after-158-firearms-stolen-from-evidence-room-dcd64b0a-b0b6-44dc-ae81-a03ba72aa085
In light of the above-mentioned gross negligence and apparently clear corrupt activities at the Norwood Station the question arises:
Can the MEC indicate:
- what is the state of other police stations;
- the Freedom Front Plus formally would like to request a full audit on all police stations in Gauteng and their 13 store rooms; and
- further that the findings be reported to the Gauteng Legislature for public scrutiny?
4.HL001 Hon. J B Bloom (DA) to ask the Member of the Executive Council
Regarding the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital, will the MEC please indicate:
- what departments at this hospital are still closed;
- what is the latest assessment as to when each of the departments in (i) above will be fully open;
- what accounts for delays in opening all the departments, including the Accident and Emergency Department;
- what is the latest assessment as to when the fire-damaged sections of the hospital will be repaired; and
- what steps are being taken to speed up the full re-opening of the hospital?
4.TR001 Hon. M F Ledwaba (EFF) to ask the Member of the Executive Council
for Roads and Transport:
With regards to the “establishment of a single integrated and inter-modal; reliable; safe; and affordable public transport system across the Gauteng City region”, would the MEC please respond to the following questions:
- does the Gauteng City Region have a single ticket system for all modes of transport by the end of 2019/2020 financial year as per Premier Makhura’s SOPA speech (in your response please indicate why this commitment was not achieved if that is the case);
- when is it envisaged that a single ticket system would be implemented and operational in the Gauteng City Region (in your response please indicate realistic implementable timeframes for record purposes);
- (iii) how much, in Rand and cents, would a single ticket system cost for the entire province (in your response please provide an estimate for each of the five corridors);
- (iv) how much to date has the department spent towards establishing this single ticket system; and
- (v) would the MEC and the department apologise on behalf of the Premier for having misled the residents of Gauteng, and by extension, the citizens of the country who watched live broadcast of SOPA, about implementing this system by the end of 2020?
4.PS002 Hon. N D Radebe (EFF) to ask the Member of the Executive Council
for Community Safety:
In light of the testimony from the SA Police Service (SAPS) Commissioner in the SA Human Rights Commission hearings, who admitted that police were understaffed and lacked the intelligence to deal with the modus operandi used’ to organise protests, will the MEC respond to the following:
- what plans has the department put in place to make SAPS more protest ready in future, given the lessons learnt from the July 2021 riots that took place in Gauteng;
- what are the full, relevant details and update on the recent robbery at the Norwood Police Station where 158 firearms were stolen from the evidence room;
- what is the relevant information on the statistics relating to robberies that target police firearms and ammunition in the Province in the past 10 years; and
- if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?
4.PS003 Hon. N D Radebe (EFF) to ask the Member of the Executive Council
for Community Safety:
Since the announcement of the 30 hotspots of gender-based violence (GBV) on 22 September 2020 and the commitment to have dedicated GBV desks at police stations, will the MEC respond to the following:
- what number of dedicated GBV desks are currently operational at police stations as at the latest specified date for
- which information is available;
- what is the detailed roll-out plan of the GBV desks at police stations (i) within the 30 hotspots and (ii) across the Regions;
- what is the total number of satellite police stations in the province; and what plans does the department have in place
- to ensure that the specified satellite police stations are turned into permanent police stations with their own commanders?
4.HL002 Hon. C Mabala (EFF) to ask the Member of the Executive Council
With regards to all 23 regulations in the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). Will the MEC respond to the following:
- why are all 37 provincial hospitals not fully compliant with health and safety legislation;
- what consequence management will the department implement against all 37 provincial hospital management who failed to ensure compliance with health and safety legislation;
- what is the estimated cost of ensuring that all the hospitals comply with health and safety legislation? (In your response detail where the budget to ensure compliance will come from and be made available).
- what plan does the department have to protect all Gauteng’s public hospitals against avoidable health and safety risks;
- what plan does the department have to urgently deal with the poor deteriorating conditions healthcare workers are forced to work under? (In your response, detail when and where this plan will be implemented)
4.HL003 Hon. C Mabala (EFF) to ask the Member of the Executive Council
Considering that scores of doctors working in the public healthcare sector in Gauteng have not been paid their full salaries for January 2022. As the EFF, we are aware that their efforts to keep ailing public health facilities afloat mean little to the department, Will the MEC respond to the following:
- why have the unions representing all the unpaid doctors not been given concrete answers or responses regarding the perennial issue of doctors not being paid accordingly? (In your response, detail why doctors weren’t paid their salaries after putting in 40 hours a week and more than 80 hours of overtime a month)
- why are there delays in doctors getting Health Professions Council of SA registrations;
- why were doctors made to work considering the HPCSA prerequisite for entering into an employment contract with health facilities had not been met;
- what was the cause of the lack of budget, in the January 2021 to March 2021 period; and
- what consequence management will be implemented to deal with the mismanagement of funds in the department? (In your response, provide details as to when this consequence management will be implemented, if none, why)
4.SD001 Hon. B F Badenhorst (EFF) to ask the Member of the Executive
Council for Social Development:
Mohlakeng 20 Prototype Old Age Home is receiving financial aid from the Department of Social Development. Could the MEC please give us answers on the following questions:
(i) how is it possible that a non-functional old age home is receiving funding from the Department of Social Development;
(ii) how long have the Department of Social Development been funding this old age home;
(iii) how much do they receive per quarter from the Department of Social Development; and
(iv) where are the occupants of this old age home since the opening in 2012?
4.SD002 Hon. B F Badenhorst (EFF) to ask the Member of the Executive
Council for Social Development:
There is a tendency in the Department of Social Development for not obeying Court orders and undermining the professionals in the department. With Regards to the CASE NR: PSH5771-16/17 – ARBITRATION AWARD, Will the MEC please respond to the following questions.
- why has the arbitration court order been undermined;
- how much money has the Department of Social Development spent3on litigation matters;
- the health care workers referred to in the order have not been reinstated or compensated since 2018, why is this;
- what compensation plan has been put in place where this matter and other like matters are concerned; and
- the health care workers in the attached court order were dismissed in September 2016 to date no compensation or settlement has been carried out. Why is this?
4.TR002 Hon. F P Nel (DA) to ask the Member of the Executive Council
for Roads and Transport:
With regards to fare collection services in Gauteng for public transport, can the MEC please reply to the following:
- has the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport (GPDRT) and the National Department of Transport (NDOT) engaged on the possible introduction of SANRAL as the service provider for automatic fare collection in the province;
- (ii) have municipalities in the province been approached either by the either the GPDRT or the NDOT to engage SANRAL to provide fare collection services for municipalities;
- (iii) if yes to (i) or (ii), was any provisional agreement reached to engage SANRAL as a service provider for automatic fare collection;
- if yes to (iii), what is the content of such agreement; and
- if no to (iii), what is the extent of consideration by the MEC and his department to possibly engage SANRAL as a service provider for automatic fare collection?
4.SD003 Hon. R Nt’sekhe (DA) to ask the Member of the Executive Council for
Since the President made an announcement on 25 October 2020 about the ECD stimulus fund, could the MEC please indicate:
- how much of this grant, in Rands and cents, has the department received to date;
- ii) if there is still funds outstanding, how much is this in Rands and cents and by when will it be disbursed to the department; and
- (iii) how much of the money received has to date has been paid out?
4.SD004 Hon. R Nt’sekhe (DA) to ask the Member of the Executive Council for
Whilst SRD R350 is a national competency, could the MEC please indicate:
- how much of this money has been paid out in Gauteng;
- how many recipients have been paid;
- how many applications were received in total; and
- what are the Department’s plans to meet the shortfall of people who qualify but not receive?
4.HL004 Hon. J B Bloom (DA) to ask the Member of the Executive Council
Regarding the devolution of powers to hospital Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), will the MEC please indicate:
- what progress has there been in giving extra powers to hospital CEOs;
- what accounts for any delays in this regards;
- is the MEC in favour of giving control over maintenance to hospital CEOs,
- if not, why not; and
- what future steps are planned to ensure that hospital CEOs have maximum control over all operations affecting their hospitals?