R1.5m for a party is ridiculous

2015-12-16 06:00

AT the last council meeting for 2015, the ANC-led council steamrolled R1.5 million on KwaDukuza Music Festival.

Although R1.3 million was budgeted for in the 2015/2016 financial year, an additional R200 000 was topped up despite serious concerns by the DA.

The DA was concerned since there was no business plan or itemised cost for the expenditure for the event. The DA warned that blanket mandate could be disastrous with no checks and balances.

Whether goods and services were procured through supply chain management and not handed out to a preferred few.

Although council has virement policy to move funds, especially the additional R200 000 nothing was forthcoming at the meeting and therefore constitutes unauthorised and wasteful expenditure.

Last year council spend R1.3 million on beach festival which was not budgeted for. There was outrage from residents with the lavish expenditure taking into account the slowdown in our economy and high unemployment. The DA believes the expenditure is excessive and could be better used on service delivery.

Disregard for ratepayers’ money will come back to bite in the local government election. This flies in the face of containment measures to cut frills and belt tightening exercise which the DA regard as frivolous and wasteful expenditure whereas we should be prudent in spending public funds.

The DA after having raised the concerns objected to the expenditure, it must be also noted the DA did not support the 2015/2016 budget precisely for items submitted for consideration such as the one raised.

Cllr Madhun Sobram Sing

DA Caucus Leader

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