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OR Tambo District Municipality writes off nearly R4 billion, DA protesting

Sep 6, 2017
OR Tambo District Municipality writes off nearly R4 billion, DA protesting

At a Council meeting that was held on 30 August, the OR Tambo District Municipality wrote off R3.8 billion of unauthorised, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure that built up between 2012 and 2016 - the Democratic Alliance (DA) is up in arms.

"This major expenditure is a result of an agreement that was signed between OR Tambo District authorities and Amatola Water as well as none-adherence to the Supply Chain Management (SCM) policy throughout the years," said Thembalihle Xhangayi - a DA OR Tambo District Municipality PR Councillor.

"According to section 32(2) (a)(b), (5), and (6)(a)(b) of the Municipal Financial Management Act, the Municipality cannot decide to write off an expenditure without any attempt to recover it.

"This major expenditure has continued to occur under former African National Congress (ANC) Mayors Nokuzola Capa, Dingaan Myolwa, and current Mayor Nomakhosazana Meth without any of them being held accountable for not prioritising an investigation and recovery of this amount."

Xhangayi said that with the speaker, Xolile Nkompela, endorsing this write-off, the DA was now calling on Mayor Nomakhosazana Meth to do the right thing and put pressure on the Municipal Public Accounts Committee (MPAC) to investigate this unauthorised, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure of R3.8 billion and hold those responsible for the illegal spending accountable.

"OR Tambo District Municipality cannot continue being deprived of basic services like access to clean drinking water when enormous amounts that could be used for such services are being written off unlawfully," he said.