Shenzhen Communist Party secretary Li Hongzhong yesterday lashed out at 'mediocre' cadres and vowed to rid the bureaucracy of officials who fail to make the grade. 'Some cadres just won't try to do their best - they always find excuses and cherry-pick assignments which are nice and easy,' Mr Li was quoted by Xinhua as saying. 'Some cadres perform poorly or even fail to do their work properly. There is one simple but key reason [behind all these problems] and that is we lack a proper reward and penalty system. Cadres who fail in their duty or do not fulfil their duty are not punished and they still get paid. People who work hard are not properly rewarded.' Mr Li said the Shenzhen People's Congress had ordered the city government to go after officials identified in government audits as incompetent or having committed serious mistakes. 'The next step will focus on problems in public services management and production safety,' Mr Li said. 'We must strive to establish a responsibility and review system so that we can hold officials in charge accountable. 'What we want is a system that forces officials to take responsibility and be accountable to the people, and tell them what has gone wrong when problems occur.' Without giving specifics of what actions would be involved, Mr Li pledged that the campaign would not just be about chanting slogans. 'This 'storm of responsibility' must cover every level of the government, every party and government post,' he said. 'We are not just putting on a show.' The party secretary's outburst follows the publication of a report by the city's auditors that found widespread abuses and embezzlement among officials. The audit report was delivered to the Shenzhen People's Congress last week.