New Internal Auditor appointed at Umdoni

In what is considered to be an extremely unusual move, the Umdoni council appointed a member of the External Audit Committee to the position of internal auditor, whilst continuing to hold the position as a member of the audit committee.

The DA and most of the councillors from the opposition parties did not support this recommendation, which was introduced as a late item on the agenda. The DA councillors stated that this appointment was patently wrong on many levels.

They are disappointed that the Speaker, Councillor Mpanza, refused to have their reasons captured in the resolution.

The appointment of staff below the level of General Manager is a management function and as such, this item should not have been brought to the council to make the appointment.

The method of filling this vacany is irregular and is likely to spark union reaction.

The said appointment employment is a perfect example of a conflict of interest. The so-called solution proffered by the acting MM, that the newly appointed internal auditor would recuse herself at the Audit Committee meetings, is highly questionable.

He failed to understand that this would imply that she would be excluded from the external audit team.

MSCRS Reporter

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