THE beleaguered Mbhashe Municipality has been plagued by bad reports of mismanagement of public funds and poor service delivery. The latest incident is the municipality’s misuse of R140 000 of taxpayers’ money intended for a staff awards ceremony which did not take place (“R140 000 spent on cancelled awards event” DD April 29).
Earlier this year, Good Governance Africa compiled and released a report indicating the worst and best run municipalities in South Africa. Their governance performance index for 2016 ranked Mbhashe municipality 36 provincially out of 38 municipalities in the Eastern Cape, making it the third worst run municipality in the province.
The municipal manager owes the public an explanation for the gross misuse of R140 000 which was used against council orders. The money intended for a staff awards ceremony was used to pay the MC of the event, for gifts which were delivered to the municipality and for food which was given to staff members after a meeting that took place in December.
It is appalling that, given the bad reputation that the municipality has gained, its administration still fails to manage taxpayers’ money wisely. Good governance practices involve ensuring that taxpayers’ money is handled with the greatest caution and prior planning.
We deserve to be governed by leaders who are honest, responsive to the needs of the public and willing to bring positive change to our province. — Veliswa Mvenya, MPL, Shadow MEC for Local Government