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Oudtshoorn. 11 February 2012. 09h00. OO readers already know Deon Lott’s grievous financial management record in Bitou…
OO has now learned that the Bitou budget is to be downsized by 20% because of Lott’s overstated income projections.
The news comes as no surprise to OO, having read the testimony of the Bitou Independent External Audit Committee Chair – and CEO of Transnet, no less – Brian Molefe, in the Lonwabo Ngoqo disciplinary hearing. Ngoqo was found guilty and Mr Justice P. C. Combrinck returned a sanction of dismissal this Monday last.
Molefe testified to no cashflow or liquidity problems in Bitou.
Yet, Combrinck J called Bitou’s financial situation “parlous” in his December 22 findings.
Given Lott’s Bitou record, and his silence on Me Mandy Cornett to Oudtshoorn (see below) and a current budget at his immediate past employer out by one fifth(!) the man’s appointment by Council can only be described as unconscionable… as indeed “parlous”.
But wait, don’t buy OO’s diatribe yet! There’s more!
Lott’s Bitou boss, Ngoqo, was found guilty, and dismissed with criminal charges pending, of serious financial mismanagement – executed by, or at least in Lott’s full or partial knowledge… Lott, methinks, can not claim innocence as he, as CFO, must have known that specific instructions from his boss were illegal.
Deon Lott should forthwith be removed as CFO of Oudtshoorn.
As, if indications realise, will be the fate of Mr Molefe – to be fired, with no opportunity to gracefully resign, from the Bitou Independent External Audit Committee.
Ye gods, what a troop of jokers the ANC’s Local Government Stooges are!
2 February 2012. 14h00. This letter is self-explanatory…
The Director Finance
Mr Deon Lott
Dear Mr Lott
The State of Financial Management in Oudtshoorn
Your appointment is a matter of grave concern, given, in the words of the esteemed Mr Justice Combrinck, the “parlous” state of Bitou’s finances at the time of your departure for Oudtshoorn.
Misinformation on unspent grants; a loan contrary to Council resolution; mismanagement of a conditional allocation; late submission of Financial Statements; and a crippled cash flow in the wake of your aspiration to the ANC fuelled gravy train of the Klein Karoo, are conclusive proof of the folly of your appointment.
Withal, Oudtshoorn now face the grim reality of your treacherous tenure.
Please indicate, post haste and by return email, whether or not you, then CFO Designate, disclosed to Oudtshoorn that your Bitou Manager: Budget & Treasury Office, Ms Mandy Cornett, resigned in the face of serious financial misconduct charges relating to Tender SCM / SS 98 / 2010, to join the scamper for the Oudtshoorn Express.
Having you is insult sufficient; to add injury by Ms Cornett’s presence is contemptuous.
I submit that you could not possibly have been ignorant of the pending charges against Ms Cornett, as the Director: Administration and Acting Manager in the Office of the Executive Mayor; the Manager: Legal Services; the Manager: Electrical & Mechanical Engineering; the Procurement Officer: Supply Chain; the Manager: Human Resources; and the Manager: Supply Chain Management were to be charged with Ms Cornett… all individuals, I daresay, whom you must surely have encountered in the execution of your daily activities loosely categorised as “Management”.
Your own deficiencies aside, why did you not warn Oudtshoorn of Ms Cornett’s sui generis budgetary approaches!?
Your best attempts at parrying a straight answer is awaited with dire apprehension.