BY REGINALD KANYANE
GREATER TAUNG municipality is in hot water after it was subpoenaed by North West provincial legislature’s portfolio committee on local government and human settlement.
The incident took place on Friday at Naledi municipality’s chamber room in Vryburg.
The committee met with municipalities under Dr Ruth Mompati district in an oversight meeting over annual report 2013/14.
The portfolio committee chairperson, Motlalepula Rosho said they were supposed to meet with the executive mayors, members of the municipal councils, municipal managers including senior management of all municipalities mentioned.
The meeting which was also attended by senior management from the department of local government was dealt a blow after Greater Taung municipality failed to send a recognizable team.
“We have subpoenaed the Greater Taung municipality because it seems they do not take the portfolio committee very serious. The municipal manager was not there, the municipal mayor and the speaker were absent. So the municipality has no political representative.
“The municipality was supposed to appear before portfolio committee a month ago, but they did not pitch up and also failed to render their apology. Now we made means to visit the district to meet with them, but instead they sent a makeshift team. The municipal manager, Katlego Gabanakgosi said to be attending a meeting in Cape Town. My point is whether the meeting he is attending was important than this committee? I’m now applying section 115 and subpoenaed the municipality.” Rosho said.
The ANC provincial chief whip, Hoffman Galeng also shared the same sentiments.
He said it shows that Greater Taung municipality does not take the operational of the committee central.
“I am having a problem because we cannot continue with the meeting. The people who have answers are not here. They just sent interim team which will not come in handy. We need to postpone this meeting and summoned the municipality leadership to appear before this committee. It shows that they do not have the interest of the people at heart.” Galeng said.
The municipality was supposed to come forward and explain the run of things in the municipality. They were also supposed to explain the auditor general findings.
The municipality received the disclaimer for the third consecutive year. Auditor general also highlighted that there was R36m irregular expenditure. And auditor general highlighted that R33m of R36m was not identified or documented by supply chain management and that was in contravention of supply chain management regulations.
Portfolio chair of chairs, Gordon Kegakile said: “The leadership of this municipality does not show commitments. This is not for the first time they failed to appear before committee. We are dealing with public funds here, which they must come and account. We will never allow situation like this to show its ugly head again. The political leadership must also act in accordance because their non-commitment affects administration.”
However the municipal speaker, Deliwe Zethi said: “I was not aware of the meeting because I was attending school for two weeks. I do not think we will intentionally avoid appearing before portfolio committee. We will look into the matter and see how we resolve it. We will discuss that during the week.” Zethi said.
Also municipal manager, Katlego Gabanakgosi said he was away for two weeks and just arrived yesterday.
“I do not know that the municipality was subpoenaed. I was away for two weeks and I believe that our chief financial officer (CFO), Martin Vermaak was officially appointed as acting municipal manager. So we will discuss the matter soon.”
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