District municipality in KZN placed under administration

2015-10-14 20:04
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Durban – A district municipality in KwaZulu-Natal has lost all of its administrative powers after the department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) cited "operational failures".

The announcement was made at a press conference on Wednesday before the uMkhanyakude District Municipality sat for a full council meeting.

Cogta spokesperson, Lennox Mabaso, said the drastic decision followed a number of operational failures, in particular on the side of the municipality’s administration. The intervention was intended to prevent the administrative collapse of the municipality.

Announcing the intervention, Cogta MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube said while the municipality was performing its service delivery and political functions, administration was lacking.

"The operational side the municipality has deteriorated to the extent that operations are close to grinding to a halt. Several indicators show that the internal control environment in the municipality remains weak," Dube-Ncube said.

Failed to implement policies

"The management persistently failed to implement policies and procedures leading to the ballooning of unauthorised, irregular or fruitless and wasteful expenditure. This municipality adopted cost-cutting measures at the beginning of 2015. This, however, did not yield any results due to a lack of commitment by senior management and political leadership to implement the measures."

Based on these assessments, the provincial cabinet subsequently resolved to approve a "drastic intervention in this municipality".

She explained that the executive functions and powers allocated to the mayor and the responsibilities assigned to the municipal managers have now been taken over by the provincial executive council.

"We are appointing Bamba Ndwandwe as our ministerial representative here and he will be tasked to implement a comprehensive recovery plan."

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