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The IFP has welcomed the intervention of acting MEC for local government Lydia Johnson in the cash-strapped uMgungundlovu District Municipality.
The move follows the abrupt departure of its controversial municipal manager, Monica Mngadi.
But the IFP was also quick to point out that Johnson's intervention nevertheless pointed to "double-standards".
Mngadi and the chief financial officer, Bongani Ndlovu, resigned a fortnight ago much to the jubilation of the opposition parties.
The parties had criticised the appointment of Mngadi, citing her lack of qualifications as the main reason as well as "the massive disappearance of finances". They charge that she should have resigned long ago.
IFP leader Patrick Bhengu said that they would closely monitor Johnson's actions.
"It is the nature of the intervention that has brought back memories of the department's double standards in dealing with municipalities of different political colours," said Bhengu, who leads the IFP in the council.
He said if uMgungundlovu had been IFP-controlled, Johnson would have taken over its financial management long ago.
uMgungundlovu districts have been under fire for the disappearance of large sums of money that neither the municipal manager nor the financial officer can account for.
Last year, the treasury department intervened after it discovered that the district was spending more than R20million a month, and it recommended that the spending could be reduced to R3,6million a month.
"If the treasurer felt that we could live with R3,6 million, then the big question is what was happening to the other R16 million; who was pocketing that money?" asked Bhengu.
The IFP opposed Mngadi's appointment from the outset - on the grounds that her qualifications were fabricated and her general lack of experience.
"It appears we have been vindicated. Mngadi's mismanagement has brought the council to the verge of bankruptcy.
"The IFP will follow closely all developments in the council.
"As a matter of urgency, we call upon the acting MEC for local government to investigate where the missing municipal funds went," said Bhengu.
Mthatheni Mabaso, the spokesman for local government, rejected the IFP's suggestion that the municipality would not have been ignored had it been IFP-led.
"We have been following all the due processes in this matter.
"We would have gladly furnished the IFP with the correct information had they asked for it."