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Almost 80 municipal officers being disciplined for financial misconduct

With 29 from eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality alone, according to National Treasury.
Beautiful on the outside – eThekwini City Hall. Adobe Stock Images

National Treasury says disciplinary processes have been started against 79 municipal officials for financial misconduct in 15 municipalities for the 2020/21 financial year.

The eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality accounts for the bulk of these, with disciplinary processes instituted against 29 people during the period.

These figures came to light when Treasury responded to parliamentary questions from DA MP Cilliers Brink.

According to the department the officials include two chief financial officers, seven cashiers and an array of revenue officers, debt collectors, clerks and managers.

If the alleged financial misconduct constitutes a financial offence in terms of Section 173 of the Municipal Finance Management Act, charges have to be laid against the person concerned with the South African Police Service (Saps).

This is in line with Regulation 16(1) of the Municipal Regulations on Financial Misconduct Procedures and Criminal Proceedings

Municipalities must also report in their annual reports all suspensions, disciplinary or criminal proceedings instituted in cases of financial misconduct to different stakeholders.

These include the MEC for local government in the province, the national department responsible for local government, the relevant provincial treasury, National Treasury and the Auditor-General.

Municipality Officials facing disciplinary action
Alfred Nzo District Municipality Debt Collection Officer; Revenue Officer and Senior Debtors Clerk
Dr Beyers Naude Local Municipality Chief Financial Officer
Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality Head of Supply Chain Management
City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality Acting Group Executive Director (4) and Acting Director
Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality Cashiers (7), Sub-Accountant; Administrators (2) ; Administrative Assistant ; Senior Clerk; Executive Managers (2); Accountant; Admin Officer; Senior Manager (2); Senior Clerk; Clerk; Manager (6) and Admin Assistant
eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality Senior Manager; Project Executives, a total of 29 officials have been charged and disciplined
Okhahlamba Local Municipality Cashier
Alfred Duma Local Municipality Chief Financial Officer; Debt Collector Legal
uPhongolo Local Municipality Senior Managers (2)
Collins Chabane Local Municipality Manager Revenue; Manager Supply Chain Management; Manager Planning and Development
Lepelle-Nkumpi Local Municipality Executive Manager Technical Services; Supply Chain Manager; and Executive Manager: Community Services
Modimolle-Mookgophong Local Municipality Divisional Managers (2)
Polokwane Local Municipality Assistant
Thaba Chweu Local Municipality Supply Chain Manager
George Municipality **Director: Corporate Services and Director: Community Services

* Palesa Mofokeng is a Moneyweb intern.

** Edited to add that the Director: Corporate Services and Director: Community Services are no longer employed by the George municipality, and the new appointed officials have never been accused of financial misconduct.

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Some good news.

I hope that SARS is informed where there was financial irregularities,
and the money recovered from their pensions and assets.

Disciplined???

How about some arrests?

Penalty : 3 days no KFC ?

“Thabo” you can steal as much as you like. BUT DON’T GET CAUGHT!

Ja no well fine — You are a bad boy/girl/person — do not do it again !! Consider yourself disciplined !!

Out of 257 municipalities, only 79 individuals get into trouble? Tip of the iceberg

A light punishment is tantamount to encouragement. The ANC uses redeployment and step-aside rules to encourage criminal behavior patterns among its members.

All socialist organizations actively select for incompetence and criminality in leadership structures because ethical and competent individuals refuse to do what needs to be done to rise through the ranks of such an organization. Competent managers of strong moral fibre get pushed aside. This makes such an organization the competitive playground for the most unscrupulous individuals. The scum of society rises to the top in such an environment. Socialism creates a race to the bottom to the detriment of citizens.

Reason why not to vote ANC

This once upon a time diamond of a country has been reduced to nothing but a heap of trash in not even a single generation.

Stick the names of all the municipalities of South Africa onto a dart board.
Now aim for the ones that are corrupt.
Will be impossible to miss.

They will be disciplined, some will be suspended ON FULL SALARIES, but no one is being arrested..Ja ne

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