DA discloses City of Tshwane’s R4 billion wasteful expenditure

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has disclosed the contents of a confidential letter from the Auditor General (AG) to the City of Tshwane Municipality.

The letter, dated 30 November 2015, reveals that the city incurred R4 billion in irregular and wasteful expenditure for the 2014/ 2015 financial year.

The city says the report is not final and has no standing. This comes on the back of the controversial Prepaid Smart meter project, which cost over R800 million.

DA Tshwane Mayoral Candidate Solly Msimanga, says, “The letter states that the city has incurred a stupendous sum of R4 billion in irregular expenditure of which only R1.2 billion has been disclosed in the audited financial statements, the balance being discovered during an audit.”

The party denies playing politics. DA Tshwane Mayoral Candidate, Solly Msimanga, says, “This is not a DA manufactured document. This is the Auditor Generals’ own document, stating what is the situation in our city.”

The Auditor General confirmed the report emphasising that it’s meant to be confidential.

“As far as we are concerned, this purported report has no standing.”

The City of Tshwane has meanwhile dismissed allegations of irregular and wasteful expenditure worth billions. It says the DA has jumped the gun and has called on the public to wait for the final Auditor General report expected to be tabled to council this week.

City of Tshwane’s Selby Bokaba says, “The report becomes a public document once it has been served at council and it has not been served at council and we have not received the final report yet. As far as we are concerned, this purported report has no standing.”

The DA also raised concerns that the Auditor General may be under political pressure from the City to produce a less damning final report.

The AG promised to table that report soon.



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