Performance monitoring and evaluation minister Collins Chabane says the desired outcome of the fight against crime is “to make sure that all people in South Africa are, and feel safe”. Chabane Friday announced a series of government outcomes against which the performance of departments and Cabinet ministers will be measured.
“South Africa has unacceptably high levels of crime, and the nature of crime is particularly violent,” Chabane said at a media briefing after President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address. “The key outputs we have set for ourselves are to reduce levels of overall contact and trio crimes (hijacking, business and house robberies), ensure an effective and integrated justice system, manage crime perceptions, and effectively manage our borders.”
“The outcomes effectively mark the beginning of a process for improving government performance and providing focus to our delivery. This is the year of improving service delivery and a year of action. In developing these set of outcomes and measurable outputs, we have undertaken a very vigorous process of consultation with all departments, ministries, clusters and sectors. It was important for us to have everyone on board, as these outcomes and measurable outputs will form the basis for performance and delivery agreements between ministers or groups of ministers and the President,” Chabane explained.
“The key outputs we have set for ourselves are to reduce levels of overall contact and trio crimes (hijacking, business and house robberies), ensure an effective and integrated justice system, manage crime perceptions, and effectively manage our borders. We will fight corruption in society and initiate various measures to fight corruption in the system.
“The key activities required will be to have a stronger focus on apprehending ‘known’ perpetrators working across provincial boundaries and police jurisdiction, develop and support specialised units that will focus on resolving trio crimes and re-engineer business processes in and around courts to make them more effective. We must also construct more prisons to prevent overcrowding of and to help dispel perceptions that criminals continue to be hardened by inhumane conditions. We must also design and introduce an independent victim survey annually to assess our progress,” he added.
“The Anti-corruption Inter-Ministerial Committee, of which I chair, has already begun with its work to receive reports and presentations from different state institutions that are affected or impacted by corruption. This is with the aim to understand the nature and the challenges they are experiencing in dealing with corruption. The mandate of the committee is to ensure that the government response to corruption is well coordinated and effective. The committee will make a statement at a later stage after it has completed this process.
“As a ministry we believe that when departments implement these activities in a focused manner, we should be able to achieve these outputs and produce the outcomes our people expect. The President will now send letters to each minister or group of ministers responsible for the outcome/s and this will then form the basis of their performance and delivery agreements.
“The ministers or group of ministers will now be expected to form delivery forums that will bring all parties inside and outside government that impact on implementation together. The delivery forums will develop detailed service delivery agreements that will indicate each party’s contribution to achieving the outputs and outcomes with typical information on budget contribution, implementation timelines and personnel allocation. Performance Management and Evaluation (PME) will be ready, after we have build capacity, to assist any ministry that needs assistance in unlocking bottlenecks or developing an implementation plan.
“The President will receive bi-monthly reports on progress in each of the outcomes and will meet regularly with the outcome Minister/s to discuss progress. As a ministry we will also do our own assessment of progress which will be shared with the affected ministry before presented to the president.
“We are, as you might have noticed, developing capacity in the department to enable us to monitor and create a delivery unit which will be an intervention unit. The delivery unit will be staffed with experienced and highly qualified people who will work in partnership with both the private and public sector. It will be able to pull together people with expertise and skills from society and public service to assist in resolving bottlenecks and developing practical and easy programmes for departments to continue implementing to speed up service delivery.
“As we have said before, these are societal outcomes that the country should drive and not only for government. Government will provide the necessary leadership to achieve them.”
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Pic: Police arrest a suspected drug dealer, Westdene, Johannesburg, December 2009.