Aganang MM reinstated: Forensic audit must be established

Jacques Smalle

DA Limpopo Provincial Leader

The DA has noted that the ailing Aganang Municipality has reinstated it’s former Municipal Manager, Ramakuntwane Selepe to his position despite his bad managerial record.

Mr Selepe was appointed by council as instructed by the ANC’s Limpopo Task Team and opted not to follow the correct procedures in reinstating him. He did not meet the requirements as per the advert as he does not have a Municipal Financial Management Programme as stipulated on the advert.

Municipal Systems Amendment Act of 2011 indicates that employment contract must be signed by all parties before commencement of service but even today , the council has not yet considered the candidate’s contract.

This has happened notwithstanding that he has already commenced with the responsibilities of being the Municipal Manager last month. This is a clear indication that the Council has disregarded the Act and proved that good governance and service delivery is not in their hearts.

The municipality received disclaimer audit opinions from the Auditor General (AG) for 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 financial years respectively under his tenure.

Under his helm , the municipality regressed from a qualified AG report to a disclaimer over the last five years.

This indicates a lack of managerial and leadership skills and accountability. In the last financial year (2011/2012), the municipality incurred wasteful expenditure of R4 million, R19 million for irregular expenditure and a further R15 million that he cannot account for.

The municipality is one of the poorest and rural municipalities in the country with a huge service delivery backlog including water, proper sanitation, electricity and roads.

The DA is urging the Cooperate Governance MEC, Mr Ishmael Kgetjepe to intervene by establishing the forensic audit to probe the financial affairs of the municipality and institute if proper procedures were followed in reinstating Selepe.