By their fruits they shall be known
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Drewan Baird. Oudtshoorn. 11 December 2013. 20h15. Did you know that the current council administration is corrupt and that wanton mismanagement and fraud is the order of the day?
Ask any critic of the current government.
Said Mark Twain, “Such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.”
* Annual bonuses had been paid;
* The half-yearly interest payments on external loans are paid up;
* Creditors are being paid within 30 days;
* Cash-flow is positive;
* Cash influx curves upward;
* Province has confirmed that all compliance reports are filed timely, but commented that stronger action is demanded to recover debtors. To this end the recovery of over-payments to certain functionaries and the recovery of some R7.2m in legal costs from DA councillors and losses resulting from particular previous contractual flaws are being pursued vigorously.
The R7.2m in legal expense owed by DA councillors will be applied to fix roads and vehicles and sports facilities as the money is recovered.
An amount of R1m was allocated for road repairs in the budget supported by the DA in committee, but rejected by the DA for political positioning since May 31. Potholes were one of the direct benefits of this particular DA pursuit of democracy.
The Special Investigation Report on Bulk Electricity Meters had been received on December 4 and confirms significant under recovery on accounts of businesses owned and managed by clamant DA supporters.
The report contains damning verified findings about bulk usage suspected to have been deliberately recorded significantly below actual figures. It is estimated that the municipality had lost millions because of this alleged sabotage.
The MFMA determines that the accounting officer is obligated to recover negligent losses from responsible functionaries. A financial manager had been suspended pending disciplinary action and the municipal manager is considering an extended investigation in order to determine the total loss and the identities of the conspirators.
The perpetrators and the companies and consumers involved are known to O!O but the information is currently embargoed.
Oudtshoorn received an unqualified audit report last week… an achievement only when received by a DA council. About DA councils receiving such unqualified reports the DA raves; when ANC councils receive unqualified audit reports it “actually means nothing, don’t you know”.
Oudtshoorn is run extremely well.
It must be admitted that Oudtshoorn’s excellent financial management results have not yet stood the scrutiny of the DA’s own George Soros and Warren Buffet – Chris MacPherson and Wessie van der Westhuizen – those financial management guru’s and local government mavens we are blessed to have present in our council.
Criminal proceedings stemming from the Barnard and SIU Reports are currently crumbling to the extend that the department of justice has called for a re-evaluation of the dossiers. Two cases set down for trial in the Oudtshoorn Regional Court were last week postponed pending the outcome of the appraising. It would appear that reports of maladministration and mismanagement in the municipality may have been somewhat overstated… and that dire consequences may await the civic persecutors.
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