Hall’s finances called into question

2015-07-01 06:05
THE Homelite Community Hall. Community members have submitted a memorandum about alleged mismanagement by the hall committee. 
Boipelo Mere

THE Homelite Community Hall. Community members have submitted a memorandum about alleged mismanagement by the hall committee. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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RESPONSE concerning the alleged abuse and poor management of the Homelite Community Hall is expected to be given by Clifford Lewis, Ward 3 councillor, on Wednesday (08/07).

This comes after the community members of Ward 3 handed over a memorandum of concerns to Lewis in May about the abuse of power by the hall committee.

The community demands that the committee be disbanded following endless discrepancies and the alleged abuse of power and funds.

The biggest complaint is that the community is being kept in the dark about the running of the hall, as to how much the rent is, as well as about how payment is made. The community says the committee members are enriching themselves with the hall funds.

Eyebrows were raised after a committee member of the crèche that operates on the premises of the hall had been tricked into signing for the release of money (R2 000) from the crèche bank account into the account of one of the hall committee members earlier this year.

According to the member, whose name is known to Express Northern Cape

, she had signing rights to the crèche’s bank account and she had been told the money, which was for the rental of the hall, had been deposited into the wrong account.

The issuing of receipts by the committee members is also questionable, because there is never any proof in terms of bank statements.

The community demands to know who the decision-maker behind the management of the hall is, as their books are not audited while the hall is hired out every week and people can hire the chairs.

The ward councillor’s response is that he handed the letter to Khuza Bogacwi, the community service director, who has not responded due to his busy ­schedule.

Lewis clarifies that the hall was built for the community by the Swedish Council. The community then elected the committee to run it and protect the hall from vandalism and abuse.

“We are supposed to hire it out for R350 only to be able to pay for its maintenance. It is supposed to be run as a non-profit organisation (NPO),” says Lewis.

“I have noted the community’s concerns around the abuse of the hall by the committee to make their own profit.”

Lewis says he has summoned the committee for a meeting next week so that they can present a statement and a report on the operations at the hall

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