“Mayor Mothibe pleaded ignorance, stating that she only became aware of this investment when the funds needed to be utilised for service delivery, clearly indicating that she had no intention of taking any responsibility for the mess this municipality finds itself in,” said SP Motswenyane, DA North West Spokesperson for Provincial Public Accounts.
“We believe that the mayor’s ignorance could have been prevented, had the municipality adhered to Section 71(1) of the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) which stipulates that ‘The accounting officer of a municipality must by no later than 10 working days after the end of each month, submit to the mayor of the municipality and the relevant treasury, a statement on the state of the municipality’s budget reflecting certain particulars for that month and financial year’.
It is therefore clear that Mayor Mothibe should be held accountable for this municipality’s dire financial situation, as she failed to provide political guidance over the budget process and priorities, as prescribed to mayors in the MFMA.”
The DA in North West is now calling on the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Zweli Mkhize to deliver on his promise and urgently intervene in the Madibeng Local Municipality.
He said it is no secret that the mayor had been implicated in several corrupt activities, such as the exorbitant lease amount for her car and overseas trips while the municipality is unable to pay it’s service providers.
“Knowing that Madibeng is one of the worst performing municipalities in the country, it is shocking that it was not placed under administration with the other eight municipalities in the province recently and the DA wants to know how this municipality managed to sidestep such intervention?”