By Fani Tsela DA councillor at Lepelle Nkumpi Municipality:
Today, the DA has asked the Mayor of Lepelle Nkumpi Municipality, Ivy Phaahla, to probe a wasteful expenditure of over R200 000 which was used to advertise the same municipal vacancies three times in various national newspapers, yet no one has been appointed to date and the positions remain vacant.
The council approved the advertisement of these key positions, such as MPAC Researcher, Accountant and Revenue Officers and others, to be filled with immediate effect early last year, but these positions are still vacant.
The DA believes that these positions remain vacant due to political interference and the ANC wanting to appoint their preferred candidates.
The ANC’s cadre deployment has cost the taxpayers of over R200 000.
It is alleged that the Corporate Service department , played a significant role in this fruitless expenditure exercise by interfering on the appointment of suitable candidates and opted to adjust the requirements three times to suit certain individuals that they are targeting to employ in the municipality.
It is alleged that the municipality is planning to advertise these positions again at the expense of the taxpayers. This is happening despite a huge service delivery backlog within the municipality where some residents are still sharing water with animals.
This is a total abuse of power and misuse of public funds and warrants an urgent investigation and any official responsible should be held accountable for this expenditure.
The DA calls on Mayor Phaahla to take actions against Ms Mathivha and pay back the taxpayers’ money that she has been wasting on the re-advertisement of the posts and to investigate the delay.