Municipal authorities in Ratlou have committed that a report from the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) into allegations of fraud and corruption within the municipality will be tabled before the council for deliberation and implementation.
The pledge was made during a meeting with the MEC for local government, Lena Miga in Mahikeng in the North West. This was after some council members conspired with officials involved to prevent the report from being passed.
The SIU investigated allegations of fraud and corruption during the awarding of the personal protective equipment tender.
The damning report from Ratlou Municipality‘s SIU revealed that more than R26 million had been misused in tenders for personal protective equipment (PPE).
Pricing elements were reported, while supply chain processes were flawed. The report pointed the finger at the city manager and other senior officials.
Since the report was tabled last year, it could not be discussed and adopted by council. This is believed to be because some African National Congress (ANC) advisers to the previous council colluded with officials involved to ensure the council did not sit to adopt the report.
However, the MEC for local government, Lena Miga, has now resubmitted the report to the new council.
“We met with the leadership of the municipality’s troika and the executive committee of the municipality, including the municipal accounts committee, where we were resubmitting the report on the SIU presenting it to them and asked them that this report be used at the next council meeting for consideration. The Council should therefore seek to implement the conclusions.
Miga says he is optimistic that the new board will finally review the report for full implementation.
“I must indicate that we are very grateful that the Mayor of the local municipality of Ratlou has indicated and committed that indeed, at their next council meeting, they will review the report and ensure that the report is implemented. .”
Among the recommendations of the SIU report is that action be taken against the officials involved and that criminal charges be brought against them.
during this time SABC NEWS learned reliably that a meeting of the council of the municipality of Ratlou will be convened on February 28.
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