by Councillor Michael Kaars – Frances Baard District Municipality Councillor
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Date: 17 July 2018
The DA is making an urgent call for the Phokwane Council to fire the Municipal Manger, Matshidisho Mogale, who has failed time and time again to properly manage the affairs of the municipality.
Mogale’s latest failure to come to light is the municipality’s forfeiture of R1.7 million from its Operation and Maintenance budget for special projects, at the end of the previous financial year. The forfeiture was the direct result of Mogale having neglected to apply to Treasury for a rollover, despite having been advised by council to do so.
The money that was subsequently lost and had to be sent back to Treasury, could have been used for the delivery of much-needed services.
It is increasingly clear that Mogale is unable to perform the most basic of duties required of an MM. It’s high time that Mogale is held accountable for the R1.7 million loss. She must also be held accountable for all other instances of mismanagement, misconduct and flouting of the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA).
Projects, such as the bulk electrification for Nkandla and Utlwanang, are presented to council for consideration yet do not even feature on the IDP. No advertisements for these projects were done, yet tenders have been awarded to friends and relatives, without any documentary evidence thereof.
Mogale has also allegedly cancelled a R2 million contract that was entered into with a service provider, whereby no services were ever rendered, without informing council of her decision. She failed to hold the CFO accountable for the expense and has also abruptly dismissed questions from council regarding this decision.
Mogale routinely fails to submit reports on the expenditure of millions of rands to council. It is increasingly clear that vitally important financial information is being willfully withheld from councillors.
We can no longer sit by and watch as the Phokwane accounting officer becomes a law unto herself.
DA councillors in Phokwane Municipality will submit a motion with notice, demanding that Mayor Maria Kalman immediately removes Mogale from the position of MM. We are also seeking a full disclosure of the financial situation of the municipality.
Only change under a DA-led government will ensure that all municipal managers have the requisite skills to ensure good governance that leads to the delivery of quality services.
Councillor Michael Kaars
Frances Baard District Municipality Councillor
073 068 9231
079 226 0991