Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
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10 Nov 2021
5:07 pm

How budget cuts are crippling key state institutions

Sipho Mabena

Chapter 9 institutions are increasingly rendered incapable of delivering on their constitutional mandate because of budget cuts.

Budget cuts are crippling key state institutions. Picture: iStock

Chapter 9 institutions, such as the SA Human Rights Commission, are increasingly rendered incapable of delivering on their constitutional mandate because of budget cuts. In November, the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC), which has been criticised for glitches that let to thousands not voting in last week’s local government elections, revealed that budgetary cuts of almost R120 million had impacted on all aspects of its work. When the IEC appeared before the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs in May, members noted that the budget for goods and services was reduced as a result of Covid-19. Of concern was whether this...