MEC called to investigate alledged R72m in irregular expenditure

MARCH 3, 2016

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape has accused the Sunday's River Valley Local Municipality of continuing to fast track irregular expenditure, despite the violent protests that rocked the area two years ago.

Speaking in a statement, party MPL and Zuurberg constituency leader Vicky Knoetze, said the municipality amassed a total irregular expenditure amount of R72-million during the 2014 / 2015 financial year, some R42-million higher than what council originally expected.

“It simply cannot [be] [allowed] that a small municipality such as Sunday's River Valley squanders such huge amounts [of money] without any consequences to those responsible, and to the detriment of good service delivery to the community,” Knoetze said.

She stated that the party would be submitting an application for provincial Co-operative Governance and Traditional MEC, Fikile Xasa, to investigate the municipality and secure its financial records, after the original documents were destroyed when the main municipal office in Kirkwood was set alight by protesting residents in 2014.

“At the time, the DA called for the Department of Local Government to investigate, but, due to the records being destroyed, the investigation had no access to the information used. This time, there will not be an excuse that evidence to investigate the matter was destroyed,” Knoetze said.