THABAZIMBI -The DA stated in a press release on Monday, 7 July that they welcome the suspension of Thabazimbi Municipality’s Municipal Manager (MM), Morutse Ntsoane, and CFO, Charles Malema, for looting municipal funds.
This has escalated into a full-blown financial meltdown, since municipal staff did not receive salaries last month. The municipality is on the verge of bankruptcy and facing a seriously maladministration because of them.
The Rapid Assessment Report on the state of affairs for the municipality states that the MM has appointed his cronies without the necessary council resolutions.
Irregular expenditure has also increased from R73 million in 2011/12 to R209 million in 2012/13 due to procurement processes not being followed. As a result, Thabazimbi is not a functional municipality.
The two suspended officials need to be fully investigated and held accountable for the mess they caused. We will lay a charge of corruption with the Hawks to further probe the matter.
By Councillor Bertie Joubert