Minister Mchunu Reveals 35% of Senior Parliament Members Are Not Qualified

Minister Mchunu Reveals 35% of Senior Parliament Members Are Not Qualified

- Senzo Mchunu, Minister for Public Service and Administration, recently claimed that a number of Parliament members are not qualified

- According to Mchunu, 35% of the senior Parliament members are not qualified for the positions they are in

- Mchunu has also called on the Standing Committee of Public Accounts (Scopa) to look into the matter

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Minister for Public Service and Administration Senzo Mchunu recently revealed that about 3 301 out of 9 477 - a whopping 35% of senior officials employed in Parliament - do not have the correct qualifications for the job.

Mchunu made the revelation after he was questioned by the DA's Michéle Clarke, who said that the DA will be writing to the Standing Committee of Public Accounts (Scopa) to investigate the claims that these officials do not have the correct credentials for their positions.

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Minister Mchunu Reveals 35% Of Senior Parliament Members Not Qualified
Minister Senzo Mchunu has revealed that there are a number of unqualified senior officials in the parliament. Image: PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP via Getty
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According to Clarke, the main beneficiaries of fat checks for government jobs for which they don't have the necessary qualifications come from the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development.

A News24 article reveals that the above department has 227 senior managers without qualifications while the police department has 228 unqualified seniors. It was also revealed that the Trade industry and competition hold 128 unqualified while the Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Department has 107 senior officials without the necessary credentials for the positions.

Clarke has responded with much contempt to the discovery and questioned the incompetence of the current government. A quote from Clarke written in an IOL article reads:

"’South Africa won’t survive if this trend of cadre deployment continues much longer."

Meanwhile, Briefly News also reported that Eskom deals worth more than R15 billion were won by an oil blending and storage company after it made alleged payments to the African National Congress (ANC).

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A forensic investigation reportedly found that Econ Oil & Energy paid inducements, including donations, to the ANC in order get the contracts. Business Tech reports that a copy of legal firm Bowmans dated 12 October last year was seen by Bloomberg and confirmed by Eskom.

Bloomberg reports that Econ Oil & Energy won the deals with the alleged help of Thandi Marah. At the time, Marah was the senior manager of business enablement at Eskom. She allegedly interfered in the tender processes, according to Bowmans. The legal firm was commissioned by Eskom to conduct the probe.

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