Forensic audit again for district

2008-02-02 00:00

BELEAGUERED uMgungundlovu District Municipality is to become the subject of yet another forensic audit, sources told Weekend Witness.

Insiders say the probe was sanctioned by the offices of Finance MEC Zweli Mkhize and Local Government MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu.

The move comes after the ANC in KZN “approached” Mabuyakhulu to intervene and take any action necessary in the municipality.

“We have been worried since … September 2007 about the image of the municipality in as far as service delivery is concerned and other challenges that the district municipality has faced over the few months.

“The ANC has taken it upon itself to ensure a turnaround in that municipality,” said ANC provincial secretary Senzo Mchunu.

The district council has been plagued with financial problems prompting the provincial treasury to intervene.

Treasury advised, among other things, that the council cut down its expenditure from R20 million to just R3,7 million a month for the remainder of the financial year.

Recently, the municipal manager at the district, Monica Mngadi, resigned after her qualifications were found to be questionable. This was also followed by the resignation of the chief financial officer, Bongani Ndlovu.

This week, the ANC said it welcomed both resignations. Weekend Witness understands that a party had been planned for late yesterday by some municipal employees to celebrate the departure of the pair.

Attempts to get official confirmation of the forensic probe yesterday were unsucessful.

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