AfriForum seeks Treasury’s response about ‘unqualified’ managers in Hibiscus Coast

2014-01-08 00:00

AFRIFORUM KZN has given the Hibiscus Coast municipality seven days to supply them with a copy of the National Treasury’s response about requests for an investigation into alleged unqualified managers in their employment.

Failing this, they will approach National Treasury themselves, co-ordinator Chris Fourie said.

Fourie claims nine managers in the municipality don’t meet the minimum competency levels to “effectively carry out their financial management services to ensure effective service delivery to the community”.

They include municipal manager Max Mbili, chief financial officer Thabisile Khuzwayo, director of human settlement Simphiwe Nikelo and the head of strategic planning and governance Khetha Zulu.

“The municipality confirmed in a letter to AfriForum dated March 23, 2013 that nine officials are not in possession of Municipal Finance Management qualifications, thus not meeting the minimum competency levels,” Fourie said.

Fourie said the manager of legal services at the municipality, Mr E.N.S. Ndlangisa, confirmed on March 23 that “an application in terms of the Municipal Finance Management Act was made for an extension and that the municipality awaits response from National Treasury”.

AfriForum claims they requested a copy of Treasury’s response from the municipality on November 20, to no avail.

“Communities are under increasing pressure as government is failing in its duties to the country, which leads to poor service delivery and unsafe neighbourhoods.

“It is time we demand the dismissal of incompetent and unqualified officials in our municipalities,” said Fourie.

Municipal spokesperson Simon Soboyisa said in terms of the regulations, the municipal manager and heads of departments reporting to him/her had to have a university degree plus should have a specially designed course by National Treasury by January 2013.

Where the qualification has not been obtained, they could apply for an extension, and the municipality have been granted one till June 2014.

“Over the years, the municipality has been receiving unqualified audit opinions from the auditor-general and there is no better testimony than that to sound management of resources at our disposal,” said Soboyisa.

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