PITIFUL PHOKWANE MUNICIPALITY

Andrew Louw, MPL

DA Northern Cape: Leader

The Democratic Alliance in the Northern Cape is calling on all councillors of Phokwane municipality to wake up and stop bearing the brunt of incompetent and incapable officials by ensuring that they appoint a municipal manager (MM) who can actually do the job. This will be in the best interests of the people of Phokwane.   

For at least the past five consecutive years, this municipality has continued to receive disclaimers.  This recently came to light during the National Auditor General’s presentation on his report on the audit outcomes of local government for the financial year ended 30 June 2011.  

The DA is concerned that nothing is being done to stop the vicious cycle of maladministration in the finance department of Phokwane municipality. Especially considering that the same MM, namely Mr Moeketsi Dichaba, has been holding the reigns of this municipality for most, if not all, of this time. Surely there comes a time when one has to realize that Mr Dichaba is not performing and that he is not capable of turning this municipality around.  

The fact that this municipality was without a Chief Financial Officer for almost three years, is not an excuse. The absence of a CFO and inherent supply chain management (SCM) problems are very serious indictments of the Municipal Finance Management Act and calls for strong punitive measures to be implemented.  

The DA is of the firm view that if provincial government is at all interested in achieving its Operation Clean Audit 2014, it will have to intervene in the Phokwane municipality. There can be little doubt that the incompetence and inefficiency of this municipality is being fuelled by cadre deployment. The municipality is used as a cash purse for cadres, with no regard for the communities residing within this municipality’s boundaries. Until unskilled and incompetent cadres are removed and replaced by competent and professional staff, we can expect nothing less than another disclaimer in the 2011-12 financial year.    

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