Fruitless expenditure of public funds

2015-09-30 06:00

IT was recently reported that the Democratic Alliance caucus of the Umgungundlovu District Municipality did not support certain aspects of the budget for the Mandela Marathon.

The DA was voting against what it considered to be irregular budgeting and not against the marathon itself however, it was implied that the DA was just trying to make a political statement to the detriment of Nelson Mandela.

It now transpires that eight days after the marathon a special Exco meeting was called wherein it was proposed that R6 million, which was a conditional grant for the funding of the Mkhambathini Waste Water Treatment Works project, be re-allocated to cover costs for the 2013 Mandela Marathon, this in addition to the original amount allocated for the race and two years after the event.

A further R4 million of conditional funding for the same waste water treatment works is to be re-allocated to the 2015 marathon, this also in addition to the original budget and eight days after the event.

The purpose of the special Exco meeting was to, retrospectively, regularise this spending which should have been approved by council and treasury. The need to belatedly regularise expenses incurred in the 2013 and again in the 2015 Mandela Marathon, justifies the DA’s stance against the budget as it was presented.

The DA will always exercise its oversight role in high-lighting irregular or fruitless expenditure of public funds.

councillor rodger ashe

Democratic Alliance

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