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A DAMNING report by the newly appointed administrator of the beleaguered Msunduzi municipality paints an even bleaker picture of financial turmoil, poor management and inefficiency.
The municipality was placed under the administration of Johan Mettler last month by MEC for cooperative governance and traditional affairs Nomusa Dube.
This after its management left it almost totally bankrupt. The entire executive, including the mayor, were subsequently fired. New mayor Mike Tarr was appointed within days.
Yesterday Mettler released his medium- to short-term turnaround strategy.
The report, to be tabled before the full council this week, found among other things that the municipality's chief financial officer was "unable to manage" the finances.
With regards to operating expenditure requests, Mettler said there was no current procedure and control.
Bank reconciliations did not reflect true versions.
Metler also found "forced errors" in the monthly payroll administration".
The detailed 25-page report also points to serious inefficiencies with regards to matching principle of cost versus revenue.
The heads of senior managers of the municipality, including Roy Bridgmohan, Zwe Hulane, Kevin Perumal, Thokozani Maseko and S'khumbuzo Mpanza, are now on the block.
They will have to explain to the council how the municipality was plunged into such turmoil.