‘Errors’: security boss denies report flawed

2009-08-14 00:00

A MSUNDUZI Municipality official has rebuked sources who criticised a quarterly report submitted by the public safety and security department at a recent committee meeting.

The department’s acting manager, Kenneth Chetty, said those who criticised the submission do not have a proper understanding of how his department presents its reports.

Chetty said that when his department presents its quarterly reports, it includes information from previous quarters along with additional updates. For instance, Chetty said, it produced a quarterly report from July to September last year.

Its second quarter report, which was also a mid-year report, includes information from the first quarter as well as additional information from October to December last year.

The quarterly report that which was tabled this week includes information from the previous two quarterly reports as well as added information from January to March this year. Therefore, it did not lump nine months’ worth of data into one report as the sources alleged, said Chetty.

“Whoever these sources are, they are misinforming and misleading the public and bringing council into disrepute. They clearly don’t understand how we construct our department’s quarterly reports,” said Chetty.

He said a recent newspaper report claiming that councillors queried why the department’s revenue of over R10 million is so high is erroneous.

Instead, councillors praised the department for alerting them to the fact that the department is short-staffed and operating with 61 traffic officers in comparison to more than 80 it had 20 years ago, said Chetty.

He admitted that there is an error with the dates, but he said verbal corrections were made at the meeting before proceeding with the report. “There were no conflicting statements. The report was clear and we were thanked for bringing it to the meeting,” said Chetty.

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