Ezemvelo: new ceo says it’s time for organisation to move on

2009-02-12 00:00

Although a looming court battle is holding up any action against the suspended Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Board, 25 of the organisation’s managers who were linked to fraud and corruption within the organisation were formally charged last month.

Speaking at the formal introduction of the organisation’s new chief executive, Dr Bandile Mkhize, Agriculture and Environmental Affairs MEC Mtholephi Mthimkhulu stressed that it is time for the organisation to leave behind the past and rebuild its public image.

The organisation’s problems began when the Auditor-General questioned aspects of its 2006/7 financial statements, which included a sum of R22 million allocated to special projects that was unaccounted for.

Mthimkhulu ordered a full forensic audit by Deloitte and Touche that also covered the use of corporate credit cards, supply chain management, personnel issues, company houses, the sources of revenue collected and corporate governance.

Mthimkhulu said he chose to deal with these matters head on. “If that caused me to be unpopular, I don’t care,” he said.

The controversial forensic audit by Deloitte was never released to the public. However, it apparently advised that six of Ezemvelo’s employees face criminal charges. Mthimkhulu said great strides were made in the implementation of the recommendations of the report.

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