Cogta must in­ves­ti­gate the city

The Witness - - NEWS -

IN view of the re­cent shenani­gans tak­ing place at the Msun­duzi Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, we be­lieve that it is cru­cial that the MEC of Cogta, No­musa DubeNcube, ur­gently and im­me­di­ately in­sti­tute an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the fi­nan­cial fi­asco un­fold­ing in the cit y.

The fact that coun­cil em­ploy­ees were not paid timeously is un­ac­cept­able. This is the first sign of a coun­cil that is head­ing for a fi­nan­cial cri­sis.

At the be­gin­ning of May, we ex­posed the front­page news re­gard­ing the coun­cil splurg­ing mil­lions of rands of ratepay­ers’ money on fancy BMWs for the mayor and deput y mayor.

Also in the pipe­line were the pur­chase of two Golfs and two Ford Ranger Wild­traks.

How can it be pos­si­ble that within a few weeks since claim­ing to be sol­vent and in a po­si­tion to pur­chase fancy ve­hi­cles, the coun­cil is now bat­tling to pay salaries to s taff?

It is ev­i­dent that this ANCled coun­cil hasn’t learnt from its pre­vi­ous stint un­der ad­min­is­tra­tion, as mem­ber s of the po­lit­i­cal hi­er­ar­chy are more con­sumed by their egos and sta­tus than the needs of their staff and the res­i­dents of the city.

The MEC must call im­me­di­ately for an in ves­ti­ga­tion and c on­sider Sec­tion 139 (1) (b) in­ter­ven­tion be­fore the res­i­dents have to bare the brunt any fur­ther of this c oun­cil’s in­com­pe­tence and fi­nan­cial mis­con­duct.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion must also in­clude the c oun­cil’s un­eth­i­cal en­dea vour t o mis­lead the res­i­dents by re­quest­ing that Nersa ap­prove an incr ease for its elec­tric­ity tar­iff, above Nersa’s rec­om­mended ra te.

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