Not so clean Audit report for GMM

This report clearly shows that the GMM administration is not interested in cleaning their house.

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The Bulletin Newspaper

Council recently resolved to acknowledge the latest audit report from the Auditor General.
Paragraphs two and three of the audit report reads, “The overall audit outcome of the municipality was a financially unqualified opinion with material findings on the annual performance report and compliance with key legislation. The audit outcome did not improve from a financially unqualified opinion with material findings on the annual performance report and compliance with key legislation in the previous financial year.
The municipality did not adequately address matters raised in the audit report in the prior year (2015/2016), which resulted in the re-occurrence of these material findings during the 2016/2017 audit with additional non-compliance findings.”
This report clearly shows that the GMM administration is not interested in cleaning their house.
Paragraph 4.2 highlights the non-compliance clearly and the following paragraphs, in particular, raised a great concern of the willingness to improve the performance of GMM as well as the unwillingness to take action.
• Paragraph 4.2.1. Unauthorised, Irregular and Fruitless and Wasteful expenditure incurred by the municipality was not investigated to determine if any person is liable for the expenditure, as required by section 32(2)(a) and 32(2)(b) of the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA).
• Paragraph 4.2.3. Cases of financial misconduct which constitute a crime committed by officials were not always reported to the South African Police Service, as required by the Municipal regulations on financial misconduct procedures and criminal proceedings 10(1)
• Paragraph 4.2.20. Awards were made to a provider who was in the service of the municipality, in contravention of sections 112(j) of the MFMA and SCM (Supply Chain Management) regulation 44.
• Paragraph 4.2.22. Persons in service of the municipality whose family members had a private business interest in contracts awarded by the municipality failed to disclose such interest, in contravention of SCM regulation 46(2)(e) and the code of conduct for staff members issued in terms of the Municipal Systems Act.
• Paragraph 4.2.26. The contract performance and monitoring measures and methods were insufficient to ensure effective contract management, in contravention of section 116(2)(c) of the MFMA
The audit report paints a bleak picture of how GMM affairs are run.
A recommendation of paragraph 7 states “We also recommend that consequences be implemented against those who cause or permit non-compliance with legislation.”
The slow but increasing demise of Govan Mbeki Municipality is clearly visible in this report. These matters raised in this report have been raised before and should have been addressed in the 2016/2017 financial year but the council have failed to respond to previous audit reports as in this one despite opposition parties, in particular, the Democratic Alliance (DA), voicing the opposition and growing concern with the way that GMM is managed.
But as in the words of MMC Ethel Nkosi, “Doesn’t matter what you do, we will push it through”. This attitude brought Govan Mbeki to its knees.
Any suggestion was turned down as a matter of principle. Even if that could have been used to the benefit of the residents of GMM.
The Mayor and her Political appointed Members of the Mayoral Committee have now even wilfully lied to the council as well as residents of GMM in regards to the imposing Eskom cuts. The Bulletin has confirmed with Eskom as to the procedures regarding notices (to municipalities) indicating their intention to discontinue services. This must be done, as per legislation, 30 days in advance. This would place notices on GMM doorstep at approximately the 15th of March. Long before the council meeting that was held on Wednesday 28 March.
Dark days is looming for residents of GMM. Be prepared to use generators and candles.
It is perfectly clear that no proactive steps will be taken to rectify the situation nor is there any willingness to do so. – Encee van Huyssteen

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