Limpopo’s large Tzaneen municipality held a corruption conference to warn workers about cancer. The municipality has been in the spotlight due to the corrupt activities of employees recently.
Some municipal agreements were overturned in court after being considered irregular. The municipality hopes that the summit will help curb fraud and corruption.
The Greater Tzaneen municipality has been underlined by the Auditor General as one with the gradual development of illicit, irregular, ineffective and wasteful expenditure.
Neville Ndlala, a spokesman for the municipality, acknowledges that corruption has cost the municipality money that could have been better spent on improving services to the population. He says some of the agreements have been overturned in court.
“The Múlati access road project and the Codesa Hani project where there was fraud, these cases were taken to court and the agreement was invalidated due to these actions. As a municipality it also happened in Muhlaba where we had a project, also that project was stopped or invalidated by the courts. This is very costly in terms of finances and also takes a lot of time and denies our communities the necessary services, “says Ndlala.
South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) spokesman Moses Malatjie says he welcomes the municipality’s summit. Malatjie says he has spoken out against incompetence and corruption in Tzaneen before. He also says that he has previously reported cases to the Civil Defense Office.
“In recent years, we have been upset as SAMWU Tzaneen, raising issues related to corruption in the agency, where we even went to the Civil Defense Office to report such incidents as even [up to] today we never received a report. But we believe that if we have this initiative within the organization, it will help us, “says Malatjie.
Clifford Letsoalo, Minister of Economic Freedom (EFF), says the municipality does not have the capacity to fight corruption.
“As the EFF in Greater Tzaneen, we have been challenging this thing for a very long time, that there is a lot of bullshit and corruption going on in our municipality. “Currently, it was announced that the rules and regulations for bidding from SCM were violated, this is the conclusion of the internal audit team and is one of the most unprofitable,” says Letsoalo.
Mayor Gerrison Molapisane said at the meeting that the council was ready to fight corruption and fraud. Molapisane says that representatives in bidding committees must make agreements according to the specifications of the municipalities.
The Greater Tzaneen Municipality is hosting an anti-corruption summit – SABC News
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