170/278 Municipal Financial Officers Unqualified, IFP calls For An Investigation

BY TAI CHISHAKWE - OCTOBER 9, 2014

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) on Wednesday called for an investigation into the appointment unqualified Municipal Financial Officers after Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Pravin Gordhan, revealed that out of 278 chief financial officers at municipalities, 170 of them are not qualified.

"This explains why our municipal financial controls and management are in such bad shape.

“Unqualified people lacking financial acumen should not have been appointed in the first place. We, therefore, call on the Minister to appoint a commission of enquiry to ascertain if those positions were advertised and if due process was followed in interviewing and appointing personnel in such critical positions," said Blessed Gwala, IFP National Chairperson.

"Millions of rand of tax payer's money is allocated to municipalities to provide services to our people. These funds will not serve the intended purpose in the hands of unqualified individuals who were given positions because of political contacts or nepotism.”

He said municipalities were being rendered dysfunctional and people protest whilst these officials are paid handsome salaries.

"We call for those who are not suitably qualified for the positions they occupy to be fired and be blacklisted from occupying any position in the public sector. This will send a clear message to others who might think of trying to worm their way into the system," concluded Gwala.

Minister Pravin Gordhan on Monday said it was regrettable situation and told a conference on fixing the finances of municipalities in Cape Town that all unqualified CFOs must be given the boot.

Photo caption: Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Pravin Gordhan. Image: The Daily Maverick.