Municipality spends nearly R120 000 on fast food

By Drum Digital
12 May 2015

Of nearly R400 million in irregular or unauthorised expenditure allegedly chalked-up by the Harry Gwala District Municipality over nearly two years, R116 310 was spent on Nando’s and KFC.

The figures are contained in a confidential report on an investigation into the district municipality’s expenditure for the 2009 to 2011 financial period.

The report, compiled by Midnight Star Consulting, is included as an addendum in a letter that axed Municipal Speaker Mandla Ngcobo wrote to President Jacob Zuma three weeks ago.

'Looting of public funds'

In the missive, Ngcobo urged him to proclaim a Special Investigation Unit probe into what he described as the “looting of public funds” in the district.

Ngcobo is understood to have raised his concerns before the council and also sought a high court order preventing further payment of a R22 million tender that almost doubled without reason.

Instead of supporting Ngcobo’s efforts, the ANC threw the book at him, disciplining him for sowing division within the party and prompting his resignation as speaker at a council meeting in March.

He refused to comment when contacted.

Report

The confidential report, a copy of which News24 has seen, details nearly R400m in expenditure that was either irregular, unauthorised or deemed fruitless and wasteful by the independent auditors.

They found that ranks of municipal officials had contravened the Municipal Finance Management Act on authorising payments without following proper protocol.

“Fourteen payments valued at R75 623.10 were made by the Sisonke District Municipality [now known as Harry Gwala District Municipality] to Nando’s outlets in the province of KZN in respect of meals. These transactions are in violation of Section 217 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, PPPFA [Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act] and the MFMA [Municipal Finance Management Act] Supply Chain Management regulations that no competitive bidding process was followed.”

This equates to over 2 800 peri-peri quarter chicken portions at R26.90 each.

Source: News24wire.com

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