DA requests to meet with AG over Mopani’s financial crisis

The DA in Mopani District Municipality has written to the office of the Auditor General (AG) in Limpopo to seek an urgent meeting to discuss the deteriorating financial calamity of the municipality.

This comes after the postponement of a special council meeting which was scheduled for Friday 31 May 2019 at the Show ground in Tzaneen to approve the 2019/20 Municipal Budget & Integrated Development Plan.

The notice for this meeting was issued last week Tuesday but another notice was issued on Thursday announcing the postponement of this important meeting until further notice.

The DA can confirm that the reason for this sudden postponement is due to the ANC infighting as to who should replace the former Executive Mayor, Nkakareng Rakgoale, who is now the MEC for Social Development.

The municipality has suspended all the Mayoral activities and duties after Rakgoale’s resignation. This has negatively affected the appointment of the Members of the Mayoral Committee as the current incumbents are no longer in their position.

The correct procedure is that council should have been called directly after the municipality received the resignation letter from the Executive Mayor.

The Office of the Speaker also failed dismally to execute its responsibility to call an urgent council meeting to debate the matter. To compound the matter, the last day for the approval for the IDP and Budget for the 2019/20 financial year was Friday and it is clear that the municipality will therefore receive another negative audit opinion by the AG.

The municipality has received adverse and disclaimers opinions from the Auditor General under the helm of Nkakareng Rakgoale since 2014.

The DA believes that her poor leadership and inability to be Constitutional leader will soon be proven at the provincial level as the new MEC.

We are deeply concerned that the municipality will not be able to approve these very important documents before the beginning of the next financial year which starts on 1 July 2019.

The DA urges the Auditor General to fully utilise the powers allocated by law to this Chapter 9 institution to investigate these irregular administrative and financial crisis within the municipality as well as the fact that the IDP and Budget for the 2019/20 financial year will not be approved as per legislative provision.

We hope that the AG will respond to our request for an urgent meeting promptly. For far too long have the residents in this District Municipality suffered under an ANC government. We cannot allow the functioning of our Municipality to be held hostage by the ANC and their internal power struggles.