After R20 million of public funds have been wasted, a forensic audit will be carried out on a dysfunctional IT system in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL). The Legislature Information Management System (LIMS), implemented by troubled vendor Faritec, was a project meant to automate a variety of processes and functions within the institution to improve efficiency, according to GPL speaker Lindiwe Maseko.
The automated system was supposed to improve, among other things, capabilities for public participation through the implementation of an electronic petitions system, access to institutional documentation by implementation of a secure central documents repository, and preservation and retention of institutional memory.
Political advisor to the speaker Mzi Khumalo explains that citizens were supposed to be able to send through e-petitions, but only two were ever logged in the system, which was usually not working. Citizens should also have been able to comment on new laws through a function of the system called e-Law.
However, during the GPL budget council last year, the LIMS project was deliberated upon where the concern was that, after five years and after R20 million was invested, the system is still not fully operational and its value not realised, says Maseko.