Cogta must investigate the city
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.