Fill finance posts — A-G

2011-08-11 00:00

THE national Auditor-General (A-G), Terence Nombembe, urged Msunduzi Municipality yesterday to fill its key financial posts in order to get out of its financial predicament and get a clean audit by 2014.

Nombembe addressed the municipality, which is under administration and one of 19 in the province to receive a qualified audit last year, while on a visit to the province.

He spoke to a special sitting of the full council.

Nombembe directed the chief financial officer to provide monthly financial statements — not just financial reports — to council, as well as monthly service delivery reports.

This way, he said, there will be constant monitoring and the municipality will be alerted early to problems.

Halfway through the meeting Premier Zweli Mkhize arrived on a surprise visit.

He assured the A-G of the province’s commitment to clean governance and to ensure that municipalities across the province remain committed to achieving clean audits by 2014.

Mkhize urged councillors and officials to work together, despite their political affiliations, to enhance the city’s image as a working capital.

Democratic Alliance caucus leader Bill Lambert told the A-G, “With all the corruption and maladministration in Msunduzi, we must have been the very worst municipality under your jurisdiction so we can only get better.

“In filling in the vacant positions we need to ensure that we have a strong and qualified internal audit division and capable and strong audit committee with the aim of a clean audit.”

Lambert said the council is at the start of a new dawn and during the Attorney-General’s next visit to the Msunduzi, it would be seeing the sunrise.

ANC councillor Msizi Ngcobo responded to Lambert’s comment by saying he must not act as if he was not a member of the council when it collapsed.

Ngcobo said it is time for councillors to work together to achieve the required level of service delivery that had been hampered by corruption.

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