ANC takes action over Eastern Cape audits

2013-04-18 12:34

East London - ANC councillors from all 45 Eastern Cape municipalities have been summoned to a meeting by the provincial leadership about their dismal audits, the Daily Dispatch reported on Thursday.

Provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane said the meeting was scheduled for Monday, and all 108 African National Congress councillors would be addressed in the presence of the provincial executive committee and regional leaders.

"Our main concern is poor audit outcomes," Mabuyane was quoted as saying.

"We want to tell the councillors in no uncertain terms that their continued interference with administrative processes is unacceptable."

Not a single Eastern Cape municipality received a clean audit for 2011/12, and infighting within councils was highlighted as the leading cause by Auditor General Terence Nombembe.

R5.1bn blown

Earlier this month, the Dispatch reported that municipalities blew R5.1bn in unauthorised, irregular and wasteful expenditure in the 2011/12 financial year - more than double the amount spent the previous year.

Nombembe reportedly told Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Kiviet that councillors who lacked the will or skill to manage state funds were bringing local government down in the Eastern Cape.

The ANC in the province identified several municipal hot-spots and admitted that service delivery was being held up by councillors' infighting.

In an attempt to deal with factions, the party has made some major reshuffles in at least five municipalities - Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, Lukhanji, Mbizana, Mbhashe and Mnquma.

More than 65 ANC councillors have been charged by the party this year and of these, 45 have been sentenced.

"So far we have been found wanting," said Mabuyane.

"We can’t have ANC councillors doing things as they please, as if there is no political leadership. It’s high time we drew the line."


  • Ralph Higgo - 2013-04-18 12:48

    The PIG wants its money.

  • KCorsar - 2013-04-18 12:55

    Honestly its time that National Treasury and the Auditor General take action in a different way. In the Private Sector behaviour like this would see you on the street, but we all know that Public Sector works to different rules. So a proposal to National Treasury and Auditor General - FREEZE ALL SALARIES AT CURRENT LEVEL UNTIL SUCH TIME AS AN UNQUALIFIED AUDIT IS ATTAINED. This will set the cat amongst the pigeons and we will soon see real action against fraudsters and those that fail to follow the rules. It will be a virtual bloodbath of whistle blowing.

  • Ian Despy - 2013-04-18 13:02

    Eish very sad state affairs, what they could have done for the poor with that money. Hot spots and so far we have been found wanting......well blow me down. Trying to tell us something that we all are already aware of.......Oscar how come you only found out now 5.1 Billion?????......methinks you are of the same low skill set and just paying lip service because elections are around the corner

  • Gremlin - 2013-04-18 13:13

    Another election ploy after the votes the memo to these very institutions read : " ok comrades sorry for the harsh wordings continue as usual we won again "

  • FarmerJoe - 2013-04-18 13:18

    full steam ahead sheeple, once you have broken the EC completely you can always run to the WC cANCer will be beaten!

  • Timothy - 2013-04-18 13:26

    They don't have enough time on their hands and too lazy to take action, too busy filling their own pockets and doing their own personal things, just like their uninspiring "leaders?".

  • Greg Botha - 2013-04-18 13:30

    "more than double the amount spent the previous year" - Well, if you don't punish them the first time, they take it as an open ticket to do it again and take twice as much... "45 have been sentenced" - They won't mention what the sentences are because they amount to a slap on the wrist, nothing more!! What a useless and sad government we have!!

  • Lloyd Venske - 2013-04-18 13:30

    They been summoned to share the loot!

  • Terence Wessels - 2013-04-18 13:32

    Lip service. When you going to charge your criminal boss?

  • pws69 - 2013-04-18 13:34

    Wow, it only took them 19 years to "draw the line". I'm guessing it will take them another 50 years to take action.

  • Peter Neil - 2013-04-18 13:34

    YES, TALK, TALK, TALK and then more talk. Who's going to find and pay the R5.1Bn back? And they say the Eastern Cape is so poor. Not with this type of money being blown...Eastern Cape public do something about this because someone is stealing all your money Comrades!! JUST IMAGING WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN DONE WITH THIS MONEY for schools, for poverty, for medical etc.etc.etc livered!

  • pws69 - 2013-04-18 13:43

    "You (the Apartheid Regime) built the dams too big, so they take a long time to fill. You should have built them smaller, they would fill quicker and we would have plenty of water and never run out" - a Queenstown ANC councillor responding to a former white councillors question on the state of affairs regarding the towns water supply. _____________________________________________________________________ Yup, this is the level of intelligence in the ANC run Eastern Cape. I rest my case your honour.

      singatha.jongihlati - 2013-04-18 13:57

      God help us!

  • Rameetse Benjamin Mokgoatjana - 2013-04-18 13:55

    Election ploy, the elections are around the corner. ANC would want to be seen to be doing something about corruption. We are not fooled.

  • Garrick Dunstan - 2013-04-18 13:55

    Vote DA, simple

  • Gerald Beer - 2013-04-18 14:07

    We can’t have ANC councillors doing things as they please, as if there is no political leadership.. I read this part about 20 times, still can't understand how the as if got a mention.

  • Charl Malan - 2013-04-18 14:12

    F$%cken USELESS

  • John Lonsdale - 2013-04-18 14:13

    Earlier this month, the Dispatch reported that municipalities blew R5.1bn in unauthorised, irregular and wasteful expenditure in the 2011/12 financial year. No they didn't blow it, they F;ing well stole my and a good number of other citizens tax money on self gratification. Lets not have a meeting about how naughty they have been, lets rather lay charges and start jailing these crooks. It's not the first year it has happened, year on year and as stated its getting worst as those that have stolen steal more, and those that have seen there leaders steal, they also jump on the band wagon/ gravy train and join there superiors for there slice of cake. Come on people, it will get worst next year and the year after if you keep voting for these crooks.

  • Erns Kleynhans - 2013-04-18 14:17

    This meeting will be held whilst staying over in an expensive hotel, sipping some Johnny Walker Blue

  • Lois Lloyd - 2013-04-18 14:20

    The only action that will take place here is free food and drinks for all the delegates and their hangers-on!

  • gerasimos - 2013-04-18 14:21

    Time for a change in government. These ANC morons don't deserve to rule. They fill the newspapers with their lies and rhetoric. They have failed democracy, they have failed their citizens, they have failed on their own promises,.....hell they even have failed communism. What a stupid parliament of piglets. This Must be the most pathetic grubbiest bunch of thieving rats ever to claim a moral high ground, claim to be a voice of the people and yet have failed in every aspect of their mandate. Wasn't Maggie 100% right when she said the ANC could never rule SA!

  • Kevin Moxham - 2013-04-18 14:32

    Again unqualified and incompetent cadres abusing our taxes - when will this stop..????

  • Andre Jansen Van Vuuren - 2013-04-18 14:43

    Imagine what could have been achieved with R5bil.

  • Charl Burger - 2013-04-18 14:45

    Like we thought they would do it right in the first place,nothing new here.

  • Bayanda Maphevu Dlamini - 2013-04-18 15:02

    Half these people(councilors) don't have the skills and mental capabilities to do what they've been appointed to do. Instead it's cadre deployment through and through. What ever happend to hiring people on merit?.... oh wait, we've never had that under the ANC

      Bart Onderweegs - 2013-04-20 18:55

      You might not get the faces you'd like to see then, Bayanda! Maybe you'd get white, Indian and coloured faces too- and that is dangerous!

  • Zethu Mthembu - 2013-04-18 15:18

    R5.1bn - hold up, WHAT? What the hell did they do with R5.1bn? I can't help but feel profound indignation after reading this article.

      Bart Onderweegs - 2013-04-20 18:57

      It's only R 5 100 000 000,00. It looks a lot better when it's R 5.1bn, what you think! And there's no money to fix the roads in the EC, they will become toll roads too I guess.

  • MrLogical - 2013-04-18 16:18

    No thumbs down in this entire article?? ITS A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE :D

  • Mandy Casey - 2013-04-18 16:18

    If the trend continues, the next year it will be : R10 200 000 000 (10.2 billion)

      Bart Onderweegs - 2013-04-20 19:01

      Try to imagine that in a heap of coins. From the top of the 5.1bn mountain in the EC, you can see the nice blue lighted toll gantries on the highways in Gauteng. Sweet!

  • Logic - 2013-04-18 16:47

    I can't believe people have been continuously voting ANC after all this time, you think there hasnt been corruption in the Eastern Cape till now? the ANC embodies corruption, it is time to get rid of them

  • Johan Schutte - 2013-04-18 17:20

    Haai oe .... liewe maaikies ...en toe word ons skielik wakker !!!

  • Wesley Fick - 2013-04-18 18:16

    Usually I'm not surprised, but R5.1 billion? How many Mercedes E-class sedans does that buy?

  • Hester Ferrezuelo - 2013-04-19 12:47

    Wish I can get my hands on the Daily Dispatch article about the spending on the 2010 world cup article. So it goes something like this. BCM is being wrapped over the fingers for NOT spending the allocated funds and that R50 MILLION had gone missing!! Then the learned spokesperson says but the MARJORITY of the funds, R3 mill, went towards the upgrading of the stadium. Maybe, some extra math classes will turn this around.

  • Bart Onderweegs - 2013-04-20 18:52

    Flee the province, if you can. Oh...I shouldn't have sad that some will say, that probably a racist based advice.

  • Joe Black - 2013-05-08 15:39

    Bloody well done! Keep up the good work. I hope it becomes the norm.

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