DA ECape blasts R3m paid to Makana administrator

BY CHARL BOSCH - MAY 12, 2016

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape has taken aim at the appointment of Pam Yako as administrator of the troubled Makana Local Municipality.

In a statement, the party’s constituency leader Andrew Whitfield said replies to parliamentary questions revealed that Yako pocketed R3 089 928 during her stint in trying to turn the fortunes of the beleaguered municipality around, which was put under administration in September 2014 amidst reports of wide-spread financial mismanagement and receiving of disclaimers since 2011.

According to the reply, Yako was paid an amount of R2 014 133 for the first six months of her contract, based on work done for four days per week for first three months, calculated on an eight hour basis at a rate of R2 568 per hour.

The amount then included work carried out over another three months, this time performed over three days per week with the number of hours and pay remaining the same. Her contract was then extended by a further three months with remuneration dropping to R1 966 per hour for work performed over five days per work again over eight hours, totalling R1 075 795.

“Ms Yako's nine-month tenure has yielded no visible results for the people of Makana. A recent oversight visit to Grahamstown revealed that water leaks, potholes, illegal dumping and water shedding remain the order of the day,” Whitfield said.

“The Makana Municipality has been run into the ground by a corrupt ANC that has neglected basic service delivery and is doing nothing to create jobs. I will be writing to the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs [David van Rooyen] to challenge him to provide justification for this outrageous waste of taxpayers’ money while service delivery in Makana continues to collapse”.