Greater Tzaneen Municipality in Limpopo held a corruption summit to warn employees of cancer. The municipality has been in the spotlight due to the corrupt activities of employees in the past.
Some municipal contracts have been canceled in court after being deemed irregular. The municipality hopes the summit will help curb acts of fraud and corruption.
The Municipality of Greater Tzaneen has been highlighted by the Auditor General as one of the growing trends of unauthorized, irregular, wasteful and wasteful spending.
Municipality spokesman Neville Ndlala admits corruption has cost the municipality money that could have been better spent on improving services to residents. He says some of the contracts have been voided in court.
“The Mulati Access Road Project and the Codesa Hani Project where there were acts of fraud, these cases were taken to court and the contract was rendered null and void due to these acts. As a municipality, this also happened in Muhlaba where we had a project, also this project was terminated or rendered null and void by a court. It is very expensive in financial terms and also time consuming and also deprives our communities of much needed services,” says Ndlala.
South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) spokesman Moses Malatjie said they welcomed the summit hosted by the municipality. Malatjie says they have already spoken out against bad administration and corruption in Tzaneen. He says they have also reported cases in the past to the Office of the Public Protector.
“In previous years, we have stood up as SAMWU Tzaneen, raising issues related to corruption in the institution, where we even went to the Public Protector’s office to report such incidents which even [up to] today, we never had a report. But we believe that if we have this initiative within the institution, it will help us,” says Malatjie.
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Councilor to the Municipality, Clifford Letsoalo, says the Municipality lacks the capacity to tackle corruption.
“As EFF in greater Tzaneen, we have been challenging this thing for a very long time, that there is a lot of shenanigans and corruption in our municipality. Currently, there was a report that SCM tender award rules and regulations were violated, this is the findings of the internal audit team and this is one of the most unhelpful” , says Letsoalo.
Mayor Gerrison Molapisane told the summit the council was ready to fight corruption and fraud. Molapisane says bid committee members must award contracts according to municipal specifications.