Municipality overspent R22 million

2012-07-09 07:17

The Mogale City municipality has paid over R22 million to companies not listed on its service provider database.

The Star reported that the municipality failed to report the expenditure to a full council sitting for its approval.

According a 2010 expenditure report, drafted by municipal manager Dan Mashitisho, the over-expenditure happened when the municipality was preparing to host Portugal for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Mashitisho, with mayoral permission, agreed to spend R1.5 million to accommodate the Portuguese team at the Valley Lodge on the West Rand.

The DA in Mogale City said the money could have helped the council when it was struggling financially and considering applying for a R191 million bank loan to complete capital projects.

According to an auditor’s report, the council spent R22 million after an approved budget of R6.2 million in February 2010 ballooned to more than R28 million at the end of the Soccer World Cup.

The DA has refuted a statement by municipal spokesperson Nkosana Zali that the council condoned the over-expenditure.

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