R276 million underspend by Capricorn District while residents drink river water

Sepuki Monyetshwale

DA councillor at Capricorn District Municipality (CDM):

A January 2015 report of the Auditor General reveals that the Capricorn District Municipality failed to spend R276 million in the 2014/2015 financial year.

R130 million was underspent from conditional grants for infrastructure and a further R146 million was underspent from the capital budget.

This underspending, which now has to be returned to National Treasury, is a direct loss of service delivery due to incompetence and inefficiency in Capricorn.

Residents of Lepelle Nkumpi and Blouberg Municipalities are sharing water from streams and rivers with animals, as their villages lack any water infrastructure.

The DA will be writing to the Limpopo MEC of COGHSTA, Makoma Makhurupetje, to immediately investigate the reasons why such a large amount was underspent while residents continues to suffer from potholes, water shortages, RDP housing shortages and unemployment.

This indicates that the CFO as well as the Municipal Manager (MM) , are clearly not competent to effectively manage the finances of the district and they must be held accountable by the council.

The DA will closely monitor action against the district municipality to ensure that this tragic affront to service delivery cannot happen again.