At the Umdoni Municipality Management Performance Assessment Committee (MPAC) meeting, on Thursday September 14, Councillors requested clarity and an explanation of various expenditure items.
Since most of the queries needed verification and investigation, officials were requested to provide reports at the next meeting. Payment of a mammoth fee of R18 000 per month for private security services to guard council houses raised eyebrows.
The Committee resolved to re-visit previous Council resolutions regarding the disposal of council houses. The Council resolution of the August 30 meeting, regarding recommendations in the MPAC report has not yet been implemented.
The Acting MM, Mrs Shange indicated that the office of the Mayor is dealing with the matter. Staff payments for “acting allowances” were also a contentious issue.
The Committee resolved to seek clarity on the policy regarding “acting allowances”. The norm has always been that if an official acts at a level higher than his or her job level then the official will be eligible for an “acting allowance”.
The “acting allowance” paid to a manager for undertaking duties of a junior whilst that position was vacant has to be scrutinised and acted upon. Chairperson Councillor Brijraj indicated that the Supply Chain Management (SCM) policy has to be work shopped and reviewed as “gaps” in the policy need to be addressed ensuring that there will be no room for manipulation.
Recent examples of the Municipality not supporting local suppliers has been heavily criticised by Councillors and it is obvious that the SCM section has lot to answer for. “How did they get away with this, “quipped Councillors Ally and Khan.