Nkomazi municipality shows R15m deficit
IT NEVER rains but pours for the controversial Nkomazi municipality.
The municipality is now said to have shown a deficit of more than R15million.
This comes shortly after the municipality controversially condoned a fruitless separate R30million expenditure on Monday last week.
A secret report related to a budget and treasury portfolio committee meeting held in the municipality's boardroom on May 24 points out the deficit.
"Kindly note that the adjustment document had a deficit of R15 045345 due to supply of water by means of water tankers and supply of chemicals that could not be covered by savings within the budget," the report said in part.
The report was understandably prepared by chief financial officer Sheila Mabaso for acting municipal manager, Robert Mkhantswa to present to the committee.
Mabaso has been implicated in financial irregularities in a number of reports, including the Section 106 report tabled by MEC for cooperative governance and traditional affairs Norman Mokoena.
Mabaso, who was also implicated in financial irregularities by the integrity management unit in the office of then premier Thabang Makwetla, has always refused to comment.
Mabaso was at one stage charged internally after she allegedly used council funds amounting R91000 to pay for her personal courses at Wits University without approval.
This charge and others involving millions of rands were allegedly swept under the carpet when the council gave her amnesty on condition that she never pulled out as a key witness in a case against suspended municipal manager Sabelo Shabangu. She had initially threatened to pull out.
Sowetan has it on good authority that the municipality had been instructed to fire Shabangu "no matter what the outcome of the hearing against him would be".
The decision was supposed to have been implemented more than a week ago.
But it was allegedly put on hold until further notice after the Lowveld branch of Samwu wrote a damning letter to Nkomazi executive mayor Johan Mavuso on May 28, challenging Shabangu's suspension
"You have wasted huge amounts of money (channeled for service delivery) by paying for the legal fees to the biased chairperson of the hearing (Advocate Andrew Lakka) and his ally (AM Vilakazi) in order to fulfill your obligation of getting rid of our member (Shabangu)," says the letter.
Mavuso's spokesperson, Cyril Ripinga, confirmed knowledge of the letter but claimed not to know its contents.