‘Rogue unit’ to blame – Lungisa

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Nel­son Man­dela Bay coun­cil­lor Andile Lungisa says he will write to fi­nance min­is­ter Tito Mboweni to re­port what he called a “rogue unit” at the Na­tional Trea­sury.

This fol­lows a let­ter from the Trea­sury’s in­ter-gov­ern­ment re­la­tions deputy direc­torgen­eral, Mal­i­jeng Ngqaleni, on Wed­nes­day, warn­ing the city against spend­ing loan fund­ing on any­thing other than cap­i­tal projects.

The let­ter was sent to act­ing city man­ager Pe­ter Neil­son less than 24 hours af­ter a plan was pre­sented to the coun­cil to di­vert more than R300m in loan fund­ing meant for in­fra­struc­ture to­wards set­tling le­gal bills and sum­mer sea­son fes­tiv­i­ties.

Speak­ing from his of­fice on Thurs­day, Lungisa said the let­ter from the Trea­sury was tan­ta­mount to in­ter­fer­ence and that he would take it up with Mboweni.

“The let­ter is clear in­ter­fer­ence in the af­fairs of Nel­son Man­dela Bay,” he said.

“The of­fi­cial who wrote that let­ter needs to an­swer to Na­tional Trea­sury and also to this mu­nic­i­pal­ity whether this of­fi­cial is run­ning a rogue unit.”

Lungisa said it seemed that there were of­fi­cials in the Trea­sury who were in the pock­ets of the op­po­si­tion in the metro be­cause the con­tents of Ngqaleni’s let­ter were the same as ob­jec­tions raised by the op­po­si­tion dur­ing Tues­day’s coun­cil meet­ing.

“We can’t have a mu­nic­i­pal­ity run by of­fi­cials from Na­tional Trea­sury be­cause that un­der­mines the lo­cal au­thor­ity,” Lungisa said.

Mean­while, act­ing mu­nic­i­pal man­ager Pe­ter Neil­son as­sured the Na­tional Trea­sury in a re­sponse to Ngqalani on Thurs­day that there would be no amend­ment to the busi­ness plan un­less full and proper pro­cesses were fol­lowed.

“I have re­quested the MMC for fi­nance [bud­get and trea­sury] to con­vene a spe­cial meet­ing to con­sider the ap­pro­pri­ate meth­ods of amend­ing the busi­ness plan so that it re­mains in line with the loan con­di­tions,” he said.

ANDILE LUNGISA

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