By Francois Rodgers, MPL, DA KZN Spokesperson on Finance:
The DA has today tabled a motion in the KZN Legislature, calling on COGTA MEC, Nomusa Dube-Ncube to immediately suspend and dissolve the ANC-led KwaSani executive council on the basis of wasteful expenditure.
This after the council spent R2.4million relentlessly pursuing a legal challenge after reneging on a contract with the Underberg/Himeville Community Watch. This in spite of DA councillors ongoing warnings that it was unlawful and the fact that the decision was made without a council mandate.
The matter appeared before the courts four times and each time the appeal was dismissed with the final appeal dismissed with costs by the Supreme Court.
The municipality now faces a R2.4 million headache to repay the Underberg/Himeville Community Watch plus an estimated legal cost of almost R400 million. These amounts exclude legal costs incurred by the municipality in this fruitless legal challenge.
The DA expects the MEC to answer the following questions;
- Was this reckless appeal approved by the Council?
- Were the costs budgeted for and approved by Council?
- Does KwaSani have the necessary cash flow to settle this matter?
This apparent blatant disregard for legislation governing expenditure and procedures in local government is a clear indication that certain senior ANC officials are loose cannons and act without impunity.
The DA calls for action and accountability from the MEC.
It is unacceptable that money can be squandered on personal agenda’s at the cost of service delivery.