Struggling Sedibeng municipality accused of spending R3.9m on restoration

Gauteng MEC for Human Settlements and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Lebogang Maile, revealed that between July 2017 and January 2022, the municipality disbursed millions in food and drink during workshops, committee meetings and board meetings.

He was responding to questions posed by DA MPL Kingsol Chabalala to the Gauteng Provincial Legislative Assembly (GPL).

“It is extremely concerning that the Sedibeng District Municipality, which consistently presents an unfunded budget and is in financial crisis, is not prioritizing service delivery for its residents,” Chabalala said.

“The DA will continue to hold Sedibeng Mayor Lerato Maloka to account for the millions spent on restoration instead of ensuring that basic services are delivered to residents,” Chabalala added.

This is not the first time that the municipality of Sedibeng has been at the center of controversy.

In 2020, Maile reportedly decided to take action against Sedibeng councilors who favored the exorbitant salary adjustment of the municipality’s former chief executive, the late Stanley Khanyile.

Khanyile reportedly received a salary of 1.8 million rand per year, although the position was advertised with a salary package of 1.2 million rand.

Freedom Front Plus accused Khanyile of receiving an inflated salary from 2018 until he was shot in October of that year.

“It is alarming that the exorbitant salary was never brought to the attention of the relevant oversight committees of the Gauteng Legislature so that the matter could be resolved.

“The FF+ demands that the councilors of Sedibeng, who are implicated in irregularities and unauthorized expenditures during Khanyile’s tenure as city manager per the Cogta report, be held accountable and must reimburse the money to the municipality,” the party declared at the time.

The Citizen / Compiled by Narissa Subramoney

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