R37 mln in irregular municipal spending

2015-12-02 06:00
 Umvoti Munici- pality managed to incur R15 371 554 irregular expenditure in the past financial year.

Umvoti Munici- pality managed to incur R15 371 554 irregular expenditure in the past financial year.

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IRREGULAR expenditure by a municipality means, in brief, expenditure­ incurred in contravention of the various Acts, not conforming to supply chain management­ policy such as not obtaining three quotations and shortening advertising periods, etc.

Umvoti Municipality managed to incur R15 371 554.69 irregular expenditure in the past financial year, and today, at the special Exco meeting, is requesting that these millions be condoned, that measures be put into place to prevent recurrence and that circumstances be investigated as to how these millions were spent.

Some of the items which appear on the schedule under the R15 million-plus of irregular expenditure include:

• construction of seven gravel roads and sports fields in outlying wards - R4 224 381.158 (how could these be urgent and not go through the required procedures?);

• groceries and cool drinks - R16 722.00;

• fax services - R46 730.12;

• supply and delivery of leather couch for the mayor - R51 375; • dining-room suite - R43 000.

• transfer of waste from Greytown to Pietermaritzburg from August last year to March this year - R3 020 687

• Dhlase Consulting in December - R1 786 285.88, and;

• security services - R90 705, and so on, to make the grand total in just one year of more than R15 million unauthorised operational expenditure.

On the capital front there is still the unanswered queries raised by the Greytown Gazette in regard to the R22 million worth of plant and equipment standing idle in the municipal yard.
Despite requests from opposition councillors no reply has been given by the municipality as to why:

• the R22 million was paid prior to the delivery of the equipment, and;

• who ordered this equipment as the incorrect concrete mixer was supplied and who at the municipality accepted delivery.

It is hoped that the issues raised in this report are answered in detail at the Exco meeting today – with the bottom line being that R37 million has been irregularly spent.

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