More proof of DA's mismanagement of Cape Town.

2013-08-17 20:36

So many comments have been written on the blogs I have posted here on News24 and I have always chosen to read and not to reply to them simply because they are many. Since a blog has been written to rebut my claim of the City of Cape Town’s financial mismanagement I felt compelled not only to reply but also to come forward with more proof of the city's mismanagement.

There is a growing tendency in our people of not willing to either understand or believe that the Democratic Alliance is capable of mismanaging the tax-payers monies. This is largely because of the picture painting by the DA of its clean governance. This painted image however does not correlate with what is happening on the ground.

I dont blame Bulelani Mfaco, like all DA supporters he is under  the belief that the DA will never be on the wrong side of things. It is that "belief" that made him write a blog rebutting my original one.  He went to ask  questions from DA councillors because again he "believes" they will give him credible information. That somehow they would admit to faults of the DA-led city.

In the 2011/12 Financial year, the city along with other metros did not get a clean audit from Auditor in General Terence Nombembe. A report of all municipalities is yet be released as the auditor has not finished all of them.

By the looks of things, in this financial year too it won’t get a clean audit as the evidence below proves.

Its unfortunate that whenever errors are shown by the ANC or its supporters in where DA governs people do not want to believe them. For those of us who like to hold our leaders to account we will continue to make them a matter of public concern until those accused or responsible come forward with reasonable explanation that makes us trust them again.

The ANC’s investigations uncovered the following discrepancies: Yes, these discrepancies were detected by the ANC like the DA sometimes discovers discrepancies in ANC-led municipalities. Questioning their credibility because they are raised by the ANC is not too different from saying all discrepancies raised by DA councillors in ANC municipalities hold no water.

In the report that is going to transport, roads and storm water, there is an amount of R632 million claimed to be spent on the compensation and scrapping allowance, yet in the same report, the officials have said negotiations have not yet been finalised with the affected parties.

This R 632 million the City claims to have spent on compensation and scrapping of their vehicles is not known by the Taxi Association whose vehicle are said to be scrapped and compensated for.

In truth, the money has not been spent on scrapping or compensation at all. The executive director has claimed that they had been given permission by national government to open up a separate account. Now tell me is it a bad thing to ask questions as to where the money went if the City claims to have spent it at the same time says negotiations with parties are not concluded? And  why do they have to open separate accounts?

Also under Transport , roads and storm water, there is amounts of R471 million and R 50 million which officials claim to have  spent on the acquisition of busses, yet the city will not take full delivery of these busses by the end of the financial year. This expenditure was dramatically done in one month, again alluding to fiscal dumping.

Also under transport, roads and storm water the city claims to have spent R57,7 million on feeder stations for the IRT in  Adderely street , yet they are saying the project are in pre-limanary design phase. Again this spending was done in the same month without any evidence to show for it, there are not even any road works to show for this and officials have confirmed   this money hasn’t been spent. Please do remember when first confronted with the questions the City  claimed in the media that the feeder stations used in the world cup outside the council buildings are those referred to in the budget. This  borders on the absurd, as the expenditure on the feeder stations used in the world cup was spent five or six years ago

There is also a claim that R1million was spent on a link in Brackenfell but the comments from the officials are that the project design is in progress. So the City paid R1million for a project still in design.

The N2 express service to Mitchells Plain tender of R12, 7 million was awarded on the 24th June 2013, within 5 days of awarding the tender, the city claims to have spent R5, 4 million of the budgeted R12, 7 million. This is another example of fiscal dumping as for the city to spend nearly half the budgeted allocation for a tender up front, is not normal practise for the city.

Another example of fiscal dumping is that figures have been included to inflate City of Cape Town spending for the year end 2012/2013 from the next financial year. In the transport, roads and storm water budget the year end finishes on the 30th June 2013, yet there is expenditure until the 22nd July 2013, which falls into the next financial year and must not be displayed on this   year’s report.

This is found in the report going to transport where the reporting overlaps to the next financial year and large amounts were put in that 3 week period of the new financial year in order to achieve the claimed 92, 9% expenditure the mayor says was spent.

When we look at the Commitments column in the budget, the city, who has been struggling to spend its budget over the past twelve months, wants us to believe that they have spent their committed funds totalling R1, 1 billion, within a one month period from May 2013 to June 2013.

Again in Transport, Roads and Storm water, the city claims to have spent R188,3 million on fare collection yet the officials’ comments say that “numerous claims for extensions of time and extra costs leaves this project still being evaluated.”

IN the report for utility services as on the 5th of August 2013, there is a figure of R558 Million which was committed for the month of June 2013, but no explanation as to whether this committed budget has been spent or not . It is the ANC’s position that utility services has therefore not spent the claimed R 2 billion contributing to the 92’9% expenditure as claimed by the mayor, in fact they have only spent R1,47 billion.

Just on transport, Roads and Storm water alone, if all the discrepancies are added up the amount that the ANC have found unspent ads up to R1, 4 billion. This is without the R558 million discrepancies found in Utilities.

New24 VOICES is a blog platform, people who write here  including me are not journalist we are not reporting but “Voicing our opinions”. You can’t be neutral or unbiased if you VOICE your options on matters. Anyone who differs should go to a similar platform to News24 VOICES read the post there and come back, comment below and say they are balanced.. The fact of the matter here is that the City of Cape Town did not receive a clean audit and that was the premise of my last blog.

To come to the debate; I must first respond to the original comment we are all responding on. It was mentioned that I stay in Cape Town; I am served by the Western Cape government which is under DA. In short, I should be thankful to the DA and not raise any matters of concerns simply because they serve me.

It is my responsibility as a South African citizen who is served by the DA to hold them accountable before any other province. I can comment on Joburg or Durban ANC government, but they are far from me, so I will let the people who stay there do the talking about THEIR government that is not mine directly.

I am not ignoring other provinces or metros, all as a matter of fact did not get a clean audit. And I really hate the belief that the DA is perfect and immune to challenges facing South Africa.

People have tried and are still are by the looks of it to detach DA constituencies from the rest of the country. The DA is not too different from other political parties; but its supporters will never agree to this. To them, the DA is perfect and is an example; that belief is grossly incorrect. Of course, I do understand it would have been easy for everyone to agree with me that the city needs to be held accountable if was talking about an ANC led Joburg or Durban.

I don’t want to get to the Western Cape VS Eastern Cape debate; it is also very short sighted and ignorant considering our history. The DA only took control of Western Cape in 2009 before that it was the ANC and NP. But DA and its supporters make the assumption that the WC is where it is today because of DA.

NOT TRUE, it’s because of the apartheid government that developed WC and other provinces like GP and KZN. To compare EC,GP AND WC and expect the same level of development is crazy and kind of governance is ignorant. To argue that the development of WC or Gauteng is because of DA or ANC is also crazy. They inherited provinces that are already better off.

And we must stop boxing people in provinces; we are all South Africans with the same South African I.D, moving to other Metropolitans for jobs, education or better services is not a South African phenomenon. It is happening everywhere in the world. Surely, we all have heard of the term urbanisation.

I certainly did not move to Western Cape because its governed by DA, as a matter of fact when I came here it was under the ANC. I will also remind everyone that GAUTENG not WESTERN CAPE is the province leading with people migration. And surely, we can all agree they are not going there because its ANC ran. The argument that I came here because the province is managed by DA falls flat.

Lastly, we all need to learn to accept and tolerate difference of views. In say now the only view people accept is the “ANC=BAD” AND “DA=GOOD”. And anyone who dares to shed the light on some of DA’s fuck ups is attacked called a lair. How are we supposed to hold the DA to account if we silence those who dare to make them answer to such serious allegations?

When did the  DA became a saint party?

For further information on the matter and clarity you are welcomed to call ANC’s Western Cape Chief Whip Mr Xolani Sotoshe or Wesley Douglas on 076 7904112 / 084 659 4359 Office : 021 400 5512 and email :

As a concerned citizen I contacted them and listen to their claims. I have read numerous online and newspaper articles by Cape Argus and listened to community radios in the Cape Town area. I did not come up with the story, it’s in circulation already

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