BURGERSFORT – The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Fetakgomo-Tubatse Local Municipality pronounced it would write to Acting Municipal Manager (MM) David Mashoeu to request an urgent investigation into officials responsible for R618 million in irregular expenditure in the local municipality.

According to the DA in addition to that, R218 million was also incurred in fruitless and wasteful expenditure while over R4 million was declared as unauthorized expenditure.

The opposition party said the shocking figures were revealed in Supply Chain Management report from the second quarter of the 2019/2020 financial year.

Lethlabile Kgwedi, DA councillor in Fetakgomo-Tubatse Local Municipality, said of the main contributors towards that reckless expenditure included several tenders awarded to family and friends of senior officials with the municipality, contracts awarded to bidders that did not score the highest points in the evaluation process, some tenders awarded to service providers whose directors were in service of other state institutions, which contravened section 112 of the municipal finance management act and supply chain management regulations.

Kgwedi added that bid specifications for some of the tenders were drafted in a biased manner and did not allow all potential suppliers to offer services.

He further said their performance was not monitored on a monthly basis and some contracts were awarded to providers whose tax matters had not been declared by SARS.

“Section 32 of the MFMA clearly indicates that any kind of unauthorized, irregular or fruitless and wasteful expenditure which is irrecoverable is no accuse for criminal or disciplinary proceedings against a person responsible for such expenditure,” said Kgwedi.

The party alleged that no effective steps were taken by the accounting officer to probe the expenditures as required by section 62 of the MFMA, nor were steps taken to determine if any person was liable for the expenditure as required by section 32 of the MFMA.

“It is apparent that there is a need for effective consequence management in this municipality in order to put an end to any wasteful expenditure, corruption, maladministration and tender irregularities. It is abundantly clear that this municipality does not want to hold officials accountable but instead, allow these politically connected bureaucrats to turn this municipality into a corruption hub,” said Kgwedi.

He concluded that party urged the accounting officer to take actions against the implicated officials that failed to follow due process to report, investigate all such matters and recover all irregular expenditure in that municipality.

“The DA is considering to lay criminal charges against all officials that are in this matter,” concluded Kgwedi.

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