Knysna’s ‘mis­use of funds’ to be probed

Cape Times - - FRONT PAGE - Carlo Petersen [email protected]

PAR­LIA­MENT has re­quested the public pro­tec­tor to in­ves­ti­gate al­le­ga­tions of mal­ad­min­is­tra­tion and fi­nan­cial ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties lev­elled against the DA-run Knysna Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Par­lia­ment’s com­mit­tee on pe­ti­tions and ex­ec­u­tive un­der­tak­ings asked the pro­tec­tor yes­ter­day to probe and pro­vide find­ings re­lated to a pe­ti­tion drawn up by con­cerned Knysna res­i­dents Mike Hamp­ton and Su­san Camp­bell.

They lev­elled a raft of al­le­ga­tions against the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s ad­min­is­tra­tion and al­leged that the tourism de­part­ment had been in­volved in ir­reg­u­lar fund­ing us­ing tax­pay­ers’ money.

They also al­leged the mu­nic­i­pal­ity was in­volved in ten­der ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties re­lated to Knysna’s In­te­grated Strate­gic De­vel­op­ment Frame­work (ISDF) project.

Hamp­ton’s pe­ti­tion fur­ther al­leges that the mu­nic­i­pal man­ager had been il­le­gally ap­pointed, and that other ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties had re­sulted from this.

Par­lia­ment spokesper­son Temba Gubula said the pro­tec­tor is privy to the al­leged il­le­gal fund­ing of Knysna Tourism and the al­leged il­le­gal award­ing of the ISDF ten­der.

In his re­sponse, Knysna Mu­nic­i­pal­ity man­ager Grant Eas­ton said Knysna Tourism (KT) is a sec­tion 21 com­pany and not a mu­nic­i­pal­ity en­tity.

“For this rea­son it is not gov­erned by the mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil, but it re­ceives an an­nual grant from the mu­nic­i­pal­ity for pro­vi­sion of tourism ser­vices and skills in terms of a ser­vice level agree­ment,” Eas­ton said.

Eas­ton re­vealed that KT re­ceives R4 mil­lion a year, but re­ceived R6m dur­ing the 2010 World Cup to host some matches.

With re­gard to the ISDF ten­der, Eas­ton said the mu­nic­i­pal­ity had hired an at­tor­ney to deal with the ob­jec­tions made by Camp­bell.

He said all rep­re­sen­ta­tions made in re­la­tion to the ISDF would be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion be­fore a fi­nal draft of the ISDF is ap­proved and adopted by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Public Pro­tec­tor spokesper­son Oupa Se­galwe said their of­fice is aware of the al­le­ga­tions and would be look­ing into the mat­ter once it re­ceives Par­lia­ment’s of­fi­cial re­quest.

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