Over R300 mln irregular expenditure in Umzinyathi

2017-07-26 06:03

Umzinyathi District Mayor Petros Ngubane has identified millions of rand in irregular expenditure in Umzinyathi. Greytown’s past mayor was inaugurated last month as mayor when the IFP took control of the district following a landslide victory in the May by-election in Nquthu giving the party control after six years of ANC rule.

In an interview with the Greytown Gazette the district mayor said that R303 million could not be accounted for as a result of dodgy contracts and fraudulent practices. He said about R3 million had been spent on water tanks, but there were still communities that did not have access to water.

R22 million had been spent on operations and maintenance, but with no clarity as to how or where the money was actually spent.

In this regard the mayor said these dubious contracts on Section 32 appointments were costing the Umzinyathi Municipality almost R8 million a month having started at around R2 million a month.

The main functions of the district municipality, water and sanitation had been severely compromised. He was very concerned that several forensic investigations had been conducted to probe these allegations, but there had never been any feedback or action taken.

Taking a strong stand the district mayor has called for a forensic investigation into the Umzinyathi Municipality’s finances, to activate the recommendations from the previous forensic audits, to review capital tender projects awarded as well as service provider contracts and irregular and wasteful expenditure as well as a skills audit to ensure that personnel employed over the past five years were qualified for such positions.

He added that millions had been paid to contractors, but without evidence of work being done.

Mayor Ngubane said the forensic investigations would take place over the next three months and undertook to hold mayoral imbizos throughout Umzinyathi to report back and to listen to problems.

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