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Roads, housing grants in spotlight as Ray Nkonyeni Municipality gets ultimatum from Auditor General

The office of the Auditor-General has given a time frame for the municipality to correct its mistakes.

ALTHOUGH both former Hibiscus Coast and Ezinqoleni municipalities have received Unqualified Audits (Clean Audits), senior manager from the Auditor-General’s office, Amanda Zuma, who was reporting on behalf of the AG at a council meeting at the Port Shepstone Civic Centre last Tuesday, said that although both municipalities prepared and submitted annual financial statements in line with the legislative requirements as stipulated in Section 122 of the Municipal Finance Management Act No. 56 of 2003, there were matters which the municipality needed to deal with and include when compiling financial reports.

Matters found include:

*Invalid reconciliations on bank statements;

*Incorrect treatment of housing subsidy grant;

*Suppliers incorrectly disqualified;

*No declaration of interests submitted by winning suppliers;

*Procurement from prohibited suppliers;

*There is no disciplinary board appointed;

*No roads infrastructure policy in place;

*Invalid indigents included in the register.

Ms Zuma advised the municipality to solicit expert advice (policy and legal) from both treasury and human settlements in order to correct the housing subsidy grant matters.

She also said investigation of irregular expenditure will be conducted and reported back to council. “An independent disciplinary board as well as a policy on road infrastructure policies must be established by March 30.”

Mayor Cynthia Mqwebu said an action plan would be drawn up to address matters raised by the Auditor-General.


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