MEC for CoGTA must deal with incompetent Municipal Managers and Chief Financial Officers

By James Masango MPL, Spokesperson on CoGTA:

The Democratic Alliance has learned that only seven out of 21 (33%) municipal managers in Mpumalanga comply with the minimum competency levels as set out by the National Treasury’s Municipal Regulations.

Further to that, it has been revealed that 12 out of 21 (57%) of Chief Financial Officers (CFO) comply with the minimum competency levels.

This was revealed in a report by the Accountant General on the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) Implementations for March 2015. The Office of the Accountant General promotes and enforce transparency and effective management in respect of revenue expenditure, assets and liabilities of institutions in all three spheres of Government.

The report also reveals that out of 74 senior managers in our local municipalities, only 17 (23%) are deemed to be competent. Such figures do not inspire confidence in the Mpumalanga Government’s ability to deliver services to our people.

In fact, it cements the DA’s view that poor service delivery in Mpumalanga is a direct result of the ANC government’s insistence on appointing officials as a reward for political loyalty and not according to their skills. This has led to poor planning and reckless spending of public funds, which hampers service delivery.

A DA government would prioritise appointing officials according to their qualifications and skills, irrespective of their political affiliation. This is in line with our Vision for South Africans based on freedom, fairness and opportunity.

At the heart of this vision is a government that is dedicated to ensuring that all South Africans have access to top quality services.

With the current status quo, it is no surprise that municipalities in Mpumalanga have accumulated a total of R3.364 billion worth of unauthorised, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure as per the last Auditor General Report.

Earlier this year the National Treasury announced that non-compliant officials will be removed by 30 September 2015.

As such, the DA will engage the MEC of CoGTA, Refilwe Mtshweni, to ascertain how many municipal managers, CFOs and senior managers meet the minimum competency levels and what action will be taken.