KZN Cogta MEC sorting out irregular appointments of officials at Abaqulusi (Vryheid) Municipality

KZN Cogta MEC sorting out irregular appointments of officials at Abaqulusi Municipality
"On Thursday, 27 May 2021, the KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), Sipho Hlomuka, assigned a team of senior officials to table before the Abaqulusi council a report on the forensic investigation conducted by the department."

Accountability is coming to the forefront, with municipalities having to answer for unacceptable behaviour within their ranks. No longer will a blind eye be turned when it comes to dealing with government entities within local communities.

On Thursday, 27 May 2021, the KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Sipho Hlomuka, assigned a team of senior officials to table before the Abaqulusi council a report on the forensic investigation conducted by the department.

The investigation focused on allegations of fraud, corruption, maladministration, and statutory non-compliance in terms of Section 106(1)(b) of the Municipal Systems Act.

According to a statement issued by KZN COGTA, the report makes findings of maladministration and irregular, fruitless, and wasteful expenditure caused by the irregular appointment of officials within the municipality. “The report also recommends disciplinary proceedings to be initiated against those who are implicated in the findings,” reads the statement.

The municipality has now been given 21 days to table the report before the full council, deal with specific details contained in the report and thereafter report to the MEC for COGTA on the remedial actions. The tabling of this report is yet another strong indication of MEC Hlomuka’s commitment to dealing with allegations of wrongdoing in municipalities.

Moreover, the statement affirms, “The department continues to use all available instruments to enforce accountability within the sphere of local government within the province of KZN.”

As Abaqulusi Municipality finds itself under scrutiny, what are your thoughts? 

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