Money-strapped Sedibeng District Municipality has spent R3.9 million on catering providers within the final 5 monetary years.
Gauteng MEC for Human Settlements and Cooperative Governance and Conventional Affairs, Lebogang Maile revealed that between July 2017 to January 2022 the municipality forked out tens of millions on foods and drinks throughout workshops, committee conferences, and council conferences.
He was answering questions posed by the DA’s MPL Kingsol Chabalala on the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL).
“This can be very regarding that the Sedibeng District Municipality which continuously presents an unfunded funds and is in monetary disaster is failing to prioritise service supply for its residents,” stated Chabalala.
“The DA will proceed to carry the Sedibeng Mayor Lerato Maloka to account for the tens of millions spent on catering as a substitute of making certain that fundamental providers are rendered to the residents,” Chabalala added.
This isn’t the primary time Sedibeng’s Municipality has been on the centre of controversy.
Again in 2020, Maile reportedly determined to take motion towards the Sedibeng councillors who have been in favour of the exorbitant wage adjustment for the municipality’s former municipal supervisor, the late Stanley Khanyile.
Khanyile is alleged to have acquired a wage of R1.8 million each year, although the place was marketed with a wage package deal of R1.2 million.
The Freedom Entrance Plus has accused Khanyile of receiving an inflated wage from 2018 till he was shot useless in October that very same 12 months.
“It’s alarming that the exorbitant wage was by no means delivered to the eye of the related oversight committees of the Gauteng legislature in order that the matter may very well be addressed.
“The FF+ calls for that the councillors of Sedibeng who’re implicated in irregularities and unauthorised expenditure throughout Khanyile’s time period as municipal supervisor by the Cogta report are held accountable and should pay again the cash to the municipality,” the get together stated on the time.
Sedibeng District Municipality reached out to The Citizen on Sunday to set the file straight after having been accused of splurging tens of millions on catering for workshops, committee conferences, and council conferences.
Performing Head: Communications and Stakeholder Relations, Saviour Kgaswane stated the municipality was normally catering for Municipal Council, committee conferences, and occasions referring to service supply.
He additionally despatched us the beneath break down of the expenditure, saying most of it was incurred within the first three years of the 5 years.
It was damaged down as follows in relations to monetary years:
- 2017/18 – R1 653 746.82
- 2018/19 – R1 847 983.87
- 2019/20 – R 818 821.59
- 2020/21 – R 353 498.75
- 2021/22 – R 155 351.06
He added that the district municipality has been drastically reducing expenditure on catering consistent with Value Containment Measures which are being carried out and championed by the Govt Mayor, Cllr Lerato Maloka, and that that is evident within the break down.
Compiled by Narissa Subramoney