municipality under investigation
Rustenburg – The North West standing committee on provincial accounts (SCOPA) has referred allegations of financial misconduct involving at least two employees at the Bojanala Platinum District Municipality (BPDM) to the police for investigation.
The two have since been suspended after many employees failed to receive their September and October salaries on time.
Some of the employees staged a protest following reports that the non-payment of salaries was caused by the failure of the municipality to account for R80 million. During the protests, a councillor reportedly suffered two broken fingers and rib injuries after he was allegedly beaten up by striking municipal workers.
SCOPA hopes investigations by the police will shed more light on circumstances relating to the R134 million that is said to have been transferred into the BPDM’s account by mistake.
Job Dliso, the SCOPA provincial chairperson, confirmed the police and the Hawks would probe the allegations being levelled against the municipality and other government departments.
“We, as the standing committee, have resolved to refer other allegations, such as the Taung Hotel School project where a fence and guard house was poorly constructed for over R7 million, to the police for investigation,” he said.
“Other cases of irregular expenditure such as the R1.4 billion incurred in the department of education for several financial years must also be investigated,” he added. He expressed his confidence that police investigations into all cases involving allegations of financial irregularities within government departments would be resolved timeously.
Meanwhile, two officials have been assigned by the provincial government to assist the BPDM to resolve its financial challenges. On Thursday 24 October, Desiree Tlhoaele was appointed acting municipal manager while Morena Mofokeng also joined BPDM as acting chief financial officer.
Desiree was formerly employed as the provincial head of department for the sports, arts and culture department while Morena worked as acting chief financial officer in the Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality between 2016 and 2017.
In a statement released shortly after her appointment, the acting municipal manager “urged all staff to work together and restore the municipality.”
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