Official must be appointed to receive allegations against councillors

NOVEMBER 28, 2014

The Nelson Mandela Bay Council will have to “appoint a designated official for receiving reports of allegations of financial offences against councillors”. This requirement is spelled out by National Treasury in the Municipal Regulations on Financial Misconduct Procedures and Criminal Proceedings.

The regulations were published in the Government Gazette in May this year and municipalities had to implement them by July 1.

Mayor Ben Fihla will inform Council about the regulations when it meets on Thursday for the final time this year in terms of the schedule of meetings.

As far as councillors are concerned the designated official “must authorise an immediate investigation after receiving allegations”. The designated official must make a written submission within five days and the outcome of the investigation must be reported to Council and he must ensure the public has access to the report.

Further, the official must within five days of submitting the report to council submit the same report to the MEC for Finance, the MEC for responsible for Local Government, the Minister of Finance and Minister responsible for local government.

In his report to Council, Fihla recommends that the mayor should identify a designated official to receive the reports of allegations of financial offences against councillors.

He also recommends that he should take the required action with regard to allegations against officials. This includes establishment of a disciplinary board to investigate allegations. - metrominutes