DA asks about Cogta's R6m on audits

2016-09-16 08:43
MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, NomusaDube-Ncube.

MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, NomusaDube-Ncube. (File)

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The Democratic Alliance has criticised the KZN Co-operative Governance Department for allegedly spending R6 million on audits at municipalities across the province, which have yielded little results.

According to the DA provincial spokesperson on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), George Mari, the department has spent R6 million during the past three financial years to investigate various municipalities in the province — investigations that have resulted in only one employee facing disciplinary action.

The information was gathered from a parliamentary reply to questions posed by the DA in the KZN Legislature and further reveals that seven officials resigned while the various probes were under way, while another seven were dismissed. According to the reply, Mari said, 15 investigations were commissioned by the department between April 1, 2013 and September 1 this year.

Mari said a follow-up question around the current status of each investigation shows that eight investigations have been finalised, resulting in 16 individuals being referred for disciplinary action and nine referred for criminal prosecution.

However, Mari said none of these cases have been finalised to date.

“The DA is extremely concerned by the slow rate of conviction. Another concern is what will happen now that the local government elections have come and gone? All too often matters such as these are simply forgotten as newly elected leadership and councillors take up their positions,” he said. Mari added that the individuals who resign when they are under investigation are also a big concern. Several of these officials simply move on to another government department “and continue to wreak havoc”. Mari said the party expects Cogta MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube to commit to ensuring the audits are brought to their full conclusion.

The department was approached for comment, but did not respond before the print deadline on Thursday.

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