Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Minister fails to Pitch at Portfolio Committee Meeting

The Fisheries Minister and the Director-General of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) failed to turn up this morning to brief the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Fisheries.

They apparently failed to even submit formal apologies or explanations for their tardiness. Members of the Portfolio Committee were extremely agitated. Mr Abram, MP (ANC), led the charge describing the DAFF as being a "dysfunctional" department full of "Hollywood actors" referring to the vast numbers of officials who simply "act" in posts and that its Minister and DG are disrespectful of the Committee. He charged further that the documents prepared by the DAFF officials are woeful; that they actually belong in the rubbish bin; and that they contain a lot of information that simply does not exist in reality.

The meeting was postponed to Thursday afternoon. As a taxpayer, I must say thank-you to our so-called fisheries minister and her over-paid DG for wasting more of our money. She does nothing else.

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