The police are investigating 12 cases of fraud and corruption involving more R40,7 million that were allegedly committed by officials and contractors in Msunduzi.
This was revealed by the senior finance manager, Odwa Langa, when he presented the audit action plan for the 2018/19 financial year to the executive committee on Thursday. He said the City had addressed 74% of the auditor-general’s (AG) findings that led to the municipality getting a qualified opinion. Those that had been addressed, he said, included the filling of key positions and implementation of measures to strengthen internal controls.
Langa said Msunduzi still faced a challenge of paying contractors within the legislated 30 days due to cash flow problems which stemmed from poor revenue collection. This was further exacerbated by the negative economic impact of Covid-19 on the ratepayers.