Makhuduthamaga Local Muni allegedly spent R1.4 million on SOMA

JANE FURSE – The Democratic Alliance in Limpopo is calling for the establishment of an independent forensic audit into Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality’s financial affairs.

This, according to the opposition party, after the local municipality allegedly spent an amount of R1.4 million on its State of the Municipality Address (SOMA) in May this year.

The DA said it has written to the MEC for Co-operative Governance, Bioskop Makamu, requesting that he establishes an independent forensic audit on the financial affairs of the local municipality in Sekhukhune district.

According to the party it could confirm that several prices were greatly inflated to allegedly benefit some officials.

The DA claims that the local municipality spent 87 500 for the supply and delivery of 3500 chairs, R169 000 for a tent, R179 950 for five bulls, R172 000 for sound system utilised for five hours, R89 000 for toilets, R198 900 for promotional materials, a staggering R167 500 paid for soft drinks and another R214 000 paid for catering for 3570 people.

Jacques Smalle, DA provincial spokesperson COGHSTA, said to make matters worse, the local municipality paid R153 000 in February for supply and delivery of 1900 sandwiches during a career expo at held in Schoonoord.

Smalle gave a breakdown on how the local municipality spent money in events and said it spent R180 000 for the supply of a side sling bags for World Book Day, R144 000 on 2400 sandwiches during a career expo at Masemola High School, R64 000 for supply of 200 certificates for focal group, R72 000 was also spent on catering for 100 people on Women and Justice Summit, R159 960 was paid for the provision of 31 minibuses for the same summit. Another R153 450, Smalle said was paid for men’s Indaba in Glen Cowie village.

He said R39 000 was spent for catering on the same event and furthermore, R81 million of irregular expenditure could not be accounted for as highlighted in the AG’s report for 2017/2018 financial year.

Smalle added that the local municipality also incurred R48 million in unauthorized expenditure due to budget overspend.

“It does not make sense for the municipality to spend be spending millions of rands on SOMA while residents continue to live in abject poverty without access to water or employment opportunities,” concluded Smalle.    

 Attempts to get comment from Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality were not successful at the time of going to press.

Thapelo Motseo

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