EFF be­rates Trol­lip for de­lay in set­tling cases

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - NEWS - Siyam­tanda Capa ca­pas@ti­soblack­star.co.za

THE EFF has de­manded that Nel­son Man­dela Bay mayor Athol Trol­lip ap­pear be­fore the pub­lic ac­counts com­mit­tee to ex­plain why the dis­ci­plinary cases against sus­pended of­fi­cials are cost­ing the city so much and tak­ing so long to wrap up.

The com­mit­tee yes­ter­day re­jected a scant re­port on the sus­pen­sions, say­ing it had failed to an­swer any of their ques­tions.

In­stead the re­port rec­om­mended that the mu­nic­i­pal pub­lic ac­counts com­mit­tee (Mpac) re­gard the cases of sus­pended of­fi­cials as be­ing sat­is­fac­to­rily man­aged by Trol­lip and the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s au­dit com­mit­tee.

This in­fu­ri­ated coun­cil­lors, who said the re­port was in­suf­fi­cient and an in­sult.

In Novem­ber, the com­mit­tee asked that city man­ager Jo­hann Met­tler pro­vide a re­port on the names of at­tor­neys rep­re­sent­ing the mu­nic­i­pal­ity in each case and the rea­sons for the de­lays in fi­nal­is­ing the cases.

Mpac also re­quested that the re­port in­clude the le­gal costs of each case and the over­all costs of the sus­pen­sions, in­clud­ing salaries.

What they re­ceived was a one-line rec­om­men­da­tion that they re­gard the cases as “be­ing sat­is­fac­tory man­aged by the ex­ec­u­tive mayor and au­dit com­mit­tee”.

EFF coun­cil­lor Lukhanyo Mrara de­manded that Trol­lip be called in to ex­plain at the next Mpac meet- ing next month. “As Mpac we must ask these ques­tions. I don’t ex­pect to be re­ferred to the mayor. The mayor him­self must come and ac­count here,” Mrara said.

In Novem­ber, The Her­ald re­ported that the mu­nic­i­pal­ity had spent R5.9-mil­lion on the salaries of 17 sus­pended of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing for­mer chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer Trevor Harper.

Mpac chair­woman Yoliswa Yako also re­jected the re­port.

“I am also just as un­happy with this rec­om­men­da­tion; it doesn’t tell me any­thing. We have also been told that it is out­side of our scope as Mpac.”

Yako rec­om­mended that the com­mit­tee ask for a re­port on sus­pen­sions dur­ing the 2016-17 fi­nan­cial year, which would fall within Mpac’s scope.

ANC coun­cil­lor Ncediso Cap­tain re­fused to de­bate the re­port. “I don’t think we should ar­gue. The only ques­tion is why the in­for­ma­tion has not been pro­vided,” he said.

Cap­tain said the com­mit­tee was be­ing un­der­mined .”There is no way that we re­quest in­for­ma­tion and we don’t get it.”

ANC coun­cil­lor Buyelwa Mafaya re­jected the re­port, say­ing they were be­ing treated like man­nequins.

DA coun­cil­lor Morne Steyn said the coun­cil­lors were step­ping into op­er­a­tional mat­ters.

“To a cer­tain ex­tent the re­port doesn’t an­swer ques­tions, but what we need to make sure as a com­mit­tee is that these cases come to fruition and that they are fi­nalised,” he said.

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