Last month it was revealed that OR Tambo District Municipality has spent over R3.8 billion in unauthorised, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure during the 2014/15 financial year.
The report revealed that R2.2 billion was spent on unauthorised expenditure and R1.6 billion in irregular expenditure, with a further R24.2 million on fruitless and wasteful expenditure.
This is a serious violation of section 32 and 71 of Municipal Finance Management Act, of 2003 and the ANC run municipality is not prioritising the investigation of this matter.
To date, the adhoc committee established to further investigate the speaker’s findings has not sat for a meeting.
The lack of urgency from ANC councillors to call our first adhoc committee meeting is proof of a municipality that does not put the needs of the people first.
The DA is 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, while cutting costs and saving public money for residents. People deserve this commitment of protecting public money, instead of the ANC approach of enormous waste, and enrichment without consequences.
I will continue to raise the importance of this investigation in each and every council meeting until those responsible for this financial crisis are held accountable.
OR Tambo District Municipality PR Councillor
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