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OR Tambo Municipality investigation into abused R3.8 billion must urgently commence: DA

Jul 10, 2017
OR Tambo Municipality investigation into abused R3.8 billion must urgently commence: DA

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape wants OR Tambo District Municipality, Nomakhosazana Meth, to get an investigation into the municipality’s expenditure, that was launched more than 7 months ago, immediately underway.

"In October 2016, it was revealed that OR Tambo District Municipality had spent over R3.8 billion in unauthorised, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure during the 2014/15 financial year," says Thembalihle Xhangayi, a DA PR Councillor in the OR Tambo District Municipality.

"By November 2016, an ad hoc committee that was established to investigate this expenditure had not yet started its investigation. Now, seven months later, the investigation has still not been conducted and there seems little hope for it ever happening.

"The investigation was supposed to include R2.2 billion in unauthorised expenditure, R1.6 billion in irregular expenditure and R24.2 million in fruitless and wasteful expenditure."

Xhangayi adds that the expenditure was not only a violation of sections 32 and 71 of the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) of 2003, "but proof that the ANC thinks it can get away with anything and not be held accountable".

"We cannot sit back and allow those responsible to continue serving our municipality when they actually should be charged with corruption. Corruption that has stolen so many opportunities, and hindered service delivery to the people of OR Tambo," he said.

"We are committed to transparent and accountable governance, as we have seen new DA-run municipalities immediately clamp down on corruption, fraud and the mismanagement of public money."

Xhangayi claims that "there is clear evidence of criminality here and OR Tambo District Municipality needs to speed up the investigation process".

"The Mayor must ensure that this investigation takes place as a matter of urgency. We will not rest until all financial malfeasance and corruption is appropriately dealt with," he says.