Implicated ‘official’ threatens to talk

2017-08-24 06:00

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A RAY Nkonyeni Municipality (RNM) official, who is being investigated after more than R35 million in municipal funds went missing and could not be accounted for, has allegedly vowed that he will not go down alone.

A source close to the investigation told the Fever the official is adamant he did not steal the money, he only carried out instructions.

The official has since left the municipality.

RNM is being investigated by Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) over the matter.

The Fever has seen the list of projects worth millions that were allegedly paid for, but were never carried out.

“The official decided to leave municipality not because he was scared, but because he was instructed to do so by those who got a bigger piece of the pie. He has threatened to name these people,” said the source.

The investigation is almost done, but wo councillors still have to testify.

Another internal source told the Fever that those projects were approved by an accounting officer and the chief financial officer had to sign for payment.

“They must be called in to answer and if need be they have to be named and shamed,” said the informant.

On an internal document compiled by the Auditor-General on irregular expenditure, two tender bidders - MDA and Buchule Consultants - were awarded R12 million each for the same project.

Upon the investigation, it was noted that the service providers were appointed in the 2015/2016 financial year to deliver turnkey projects ranging from construction and maintenance of access roads, construction and renovations of community halls and renovation of a sports field.

According to findings by the AG, the competitive bidding process was not followed in awarding these tenders.

When contacted, RNM mayor Nomusa Mqwebu said it will take time to investigate, but the truth should come out.

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