By Kingsol Chabalala MPL, DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Sport, Recreation, Arts, Culture and Heritage:
The DA has written to Gauteng finance MEC Barbara Creecy demanding a provincial treasury investigation into what we believe is large-scale supply chain fraud at the Emfuleni local municipality.
The DA can today reveal that the municipality paid a local supplier just under R25000 for two park benches which ordinarily costs around less than R2000 to construct.
In another case, the municipality forked out over R58000 for swimming pool repairs.
According to a source in the municipality, these repairs would ordinarily cost less than R3000.
(Click here to view invoices and for pictures of the park benches)
The DA believes that this is just the tip of the iceberg, and that municipal supply chain officials and suppliers are in cahoots to systematically ripping off the municipality of critical financial resources.
Emfuleni has been plagued with financial mismanagement and has had negative impact on service delivery to residents.
Just last week, the Finance Portfolio Committee was informed that R144 million of the regional bulk infrastructure grant was returned to Treasury due to non-delivery.
It is clear that this municipality is not exercising strict financial controls as required by legislation.
To this end the DA will provide this evidence to MEC Creecy, and request Treasury to investigate what we believe are gross supply chain policy violations, and to press criminal charges against offenders.
The DA will continue to monitor the financial affairs of the municipality and ensure that service delivery does not come to a halt due to the fraudulent behaviour of the municipalities officials.