In reply to Wednesday morning’s Herald article “Metro’s finance boss vows to put affairs in order”
It is interesting reading where the NMB Metro’s CFO, Mr Trevor Harper, announces that he will turn the tide in the municipality by getting the city’s books back in order. It will be great but first things first.
1. “Before Mr Harper can turn the tide in the municipality around he needs to get rid of corruption and political interference first. Once Mr Harper get rid of corrupt Metro officials and politicians he will be able to allow the administration to focus on turning the tide of the municipalities financial position to get the books in order, not before that, EVER.”
He states that the cause of the overspending on the IPTS is the system which is antiquated and that tenders have been called for a new system which will cost the ratepayers R100 million over the next three years.
2. Why is this “antiquated” system only responsible for overspending of IPTS funds, and if it is not, why is the other overspending not being reported? This is just another obvious desperate attempt to cover up the mismanagement, corruption and abuse of the IPTS funds of tax and ratepayers money.
An item submitted to the Budget and Treasury Committee on the 30 January 2014, and subsequent articles in the Weekend Post and Herald state that the overspending was as a result of unplanned and unforeseen expenditure by consultants, substantial increased costs due to additional scope and SMME related issues, spending by other Directorates and finally lack of accurate reconciliation process between the tracking system developed by the IPTS and the Budget and Treasury financial systems.
3. If the “antiquated” systems as stated by Harper failed to detect the over expenditure then why did the newly developed IPTS tracking system also fail the metro? The very system that cost the ratepayer millions in December 2013.
All officials responsible for the continued corruption and mismanagement of IPTS funds and the ongoing lies and cover up that is being fed to the public, ratepayers and consumers must be held accountable and criminal charges must be raised against them. AfriForum will make sure that that will happen.
NMB Ratepayers association
The following two tabs change content below.