MPAC questions glaring irregularities at Umdoni Municipality

Umdoni Municipality, Scottburgh

Gross and glaring irregularities that would make the ratepayer fume have come to the fore at the Management Performance Assessment Committee (MPAC) meeting which extended over two days.

MPAC Chairperson, Councillor Reshma Brijraj, tabled a report on MPAC findings at a Council meeting on August 30, which was deliberated “in committee”.

One of the issues on which officials were grilled at the MPAC meeting, was Management’s lack of urgency in dealing with the tenderer, Smart Thinkers Pty Ltd, which is in breach of agreement.

Meant to open for business on September 1, 2016, a year on and the proposed “Vertigo” pub is still closed.

This is not good for tourism and also impacts negatively on the outlook of the beach front pavilion said Councillor Ally. Councillor Ndlela questioned why there were no tender advertisements for the purchase of vehicles.

Councillor Khan questioned cement was purchased at R100 a bag yet it could be sourced from local suppliers at almost half the price.

There have to be consequences for those who spend ratepayers money willy nilly. Councillor Ally indicated that there could have been a saving of R17,000 to the Municipality on a recent vehicle purchase, but his suggestion was apparently brushed off.

Councillor Khan questioned the payment for street lights when there was no evidence of work done. Councillor Ally also indicated that in a matter of TLB hire, tender procedures appear to have been flouted.

Councillors expressed their disquiet at the inefficiency and lack of appearance at the meeting by an outsourced internal audit consultant.

MPAC appears to be functioning as it was intended to in its oversight role and at its current pace it will contribute largely to the elimination of any hint of corruption and mismanagement.

  AUTHOR
MSCRS Reporter

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