By Jacques Smalle MPL, DA Spokesperson on Cooperative Governance:
The DA has today written to the Executive Mayor of Sekhukhune District Municipality, David Magabe, for him to make public the forensic report that reveals that the former Acting Municipal Manager of Sekhukhune District Municipality, Benedicta Monama, allegedly signed off and irregularly awarded water project tenders worth a staggering R230 million to 15 companies.
The DA is considering laying criminal charges pending the information obtained in the report against Monama and other officials who might be implicated and who enriched themselves instead of focusing on taking good services to the people of Sekhukhune.
According to this report, the awarding of tenders in this case was characterised by maladministration, gross irregularities and arbitrariness.
The tenders were aimed at alleviating the water crisis to the Sekhukhune villages where many residents are still sharing water with animals.
It is alleged that Monama who was appointed to act as the Municipal Manager between 12 January and 13 February 2015, favoured these 15 companies even though they all failed to produce Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) credentials and audited financial statements. Amongst the recommendation on the report is that contracts signed by all these 15 companies with the municipality must be repudiated with immediate effect.
The DA is in a possession of another report from National Treasury, requesting the municipality to put the 15 MIG projects on hold and re-advertise the tenders.
This finding was discovered during the forensic audit of the municipality finances conducted by the regulatory compliance services within the department of cooperative governance.
South Africa faces an alarming rate of scandalous maladministration, and tender irregularity disgraces.
The DA urges Mayor Magabe to provide with the report within seven days. Should the Mayor fail to comply, we will have no choice but to file an application in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act 2 of 2000 (PAIA) against the municipality to get access to the report and make public its scandalous findings.