Lepelle Nkumpi Municipality allegedly wastes R120k on poorly attended mass prayer service

The recent mass prayer organised by the Lepelle Nkumpi Municipality (LNM) has been criticised by some of the opposition parties labelling it, ‘a waste of taxpayer’s money.’
The municipality allegedly spent more than R120 000 for the event. 
The Democratic Alliance (DA) said they write to the MEC for Cooperative Governance in Limpopo, Bioskop Makamu to investigate Section 57 Managers in the LNM after more
than R120 000 was wasted on the mass prayer session.
The event was conducted on 10 October 2019 and according to the attendees, less people attended. 
“The DA can confirm that less than ten municipal councilors attended the session while a few congregants and community members were bussed in. 
“The event was attended by less than 100 people and lasted only three hours. The session was held at the Civic Centre Hall and the municipality made use of different service providers to provide catering, decoration, tents, flowers, music systems, toilets and buses,” said the party’s Cllr William
Shogole.
He said despite a huge service delivery backlog within the municipality, taxpayers’ money was wasted by paying these service providers as follows: “Sound system, VIP toilets, décor, tables, 20 chairs, flowers – R16 400 , Catering for 500 – R42 900, Transport – R61 649.”
Shogole added, “The DA finds it utterly unacceptable that the municipality paid over R60 000 for transport but some buses came to the venue with less than ten people to attend this event. It is a disgrace for a municipality to spend such an exorbitant amount of money whilst the residents are still living in an abject poverty and without services in their villages.”
The party alleged that some of these service providers inflated their prices whilst they also alleged that Supply Chain Management processes were flouted by not seeking two or more quotations.

“This is a clear abuse of power and contravention of policies and procedures by the municipal officials to enrich cadres and cronies.”
The party urged MEC Makamu to take actions against these officials and ensure that they face serious consequences for this waste of money



Thapelo Motseo

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