City faces irregularity claims
THE Public Protector’s Office has received complaints of maladministration, and wasteful, fruitless and irregular expenditure against the City of Cape Town.
The complaints were submitted in February.
In a letter dated March 2, 2017, the Public Protector’s office in the Western Cape acknowledged receipt of the complaints and said the matter was receiving attention and feedback would be provided in due course.
The national office could not confirm details regarding the matter on Friday as it was a public holiday.
The complaints referred to included:
The appointment of engineering consultants on a three-year contract without conducting an internal gap analysis. To date the consult- ants have been paid about R35 million.
The appointment of a senior manager in the water and Sanitation Department. It is alleged the job specifications were amended and the incumbent, was appointed without meeting benchmark requirements at a cost of R1.4m per annum.
The consultants, Pragma, were appointed to compensate for the lack of qualification and inexperience of the individual.
In addition, an engineering manager was also appointed to perform the functions of the manager at an additional cost of R100 000 per month but this amount would total R4m for the duration of the contract period.
The report also said the city had an engineering and asset management branch that was fully equipped in terms of human and financial resources and that some staff members were qualified and experienced.
It also said since the appointment of the consultants the unit had been sidelined and key strategic decisions were now taken by consultants.
ANC leader in the council, Xolani Sotashe said the ANC was concerned about alleged “corruption” and waste of taxpayers’ money.
Mayoral committee member for Informal Settlements, Waste, Water and Energy Xanthea Limberg confirmed the consultants had been awarded a three-year contract in 2015 and that due process had been followed.
Limberg said the city had tendered for work due to not having the internal capacity.
She said the contract was for asset management services based on a set of individuals rates for different services “as and when required”.