MEC must crack the whip in Mutale

Joseph Mariba

DA councillor at Mutale Municipality:

The DA has written to the MEC for Cooperate Governance, Makoma Makhurupetja, to establish a forensic audit to probe the financial affairs of Mutale Municipality.

 

The Municipality has returned an estimated R31 million which was underspent to the national treasury during the last financial year.

 

According to the AG report released last year , the municipality under spent R1 million of their national lottery grant , R24 million of the disaster management grant as well as their operational and maintenance grant of R6 698 025.

The municipality has also failed to compile their financial reports for audit and paid more than R890 000 to the independent consultants to comply the report which was not budgeted for.

More than R30 million cannot be accounted for by the Municipal Manager which could have been utilised to accelerate better services delivery to the people of Mutale.

The municipality is also operating without a cooperate director for services for the past 11 months.

It is clear that the municipality has not achieved their objectives of providing services to the community and therefore a urgent intervention is needed by the MEC.

The DA urges the MEC to implement the AG’s recommendations of holding officials accountable for poor performance and transgressions of legislation as well as appointing competent and skilled officials in the finance unit.