by Hasani Shivambu Cllr - DA Councillor – Greater Giyani Municipality
The DA in Giyani has written to the Department of Co-operative Governance MEC, Bioskop Makamu to probe the financial affairs and mismanagement of public coffers in Greater Giyani Municipality after allocating over R30 million for abandoned projects in order to easily loot the money.
The DA can confirm that these long-forgotten projects such as the Civic Centre , Homu sports centre, Homu and Xikukwane road projects were mentioned to be a priority in this 2019/2020 financial year during a special council meeting held last week in Giyani Hall.
An estimated R20 million was set aside for the completion of the civic centre which was supposed to have been completed in 2014.
A staggering R64.4 million has already been wasted on this project but it is yet to be completed to date.
In the 2013/2014 financial year , the municipality has allocated R40 million for the extension of the centre, but the contractor vanished and failed to complete the project on time.
To compound the matter, in March 2015, council approved a further R16 million towards the project without seeking a comprehensive report regarding the delay to complete the project but still nothing was done to the project.
Another R8.4 million was allocated in 2017/2018 financial year while the millions that had been wasted until then could not be accounted for.
To date, no measures were taken by the municipality to locate the contractor to complete the project or recoup funds.
With the new budget being allocated to this project, it is clear that the public coffers will again be looted without any accountability or putting measures in place to monitor the progress of the project before money can be paid to the contractor.
Homu sports centre was also allocated R6 million in 2014 and should have been completed in February 2015 but the contractor also vanished without completing the project.
Now , the municipality has set aside over R5 million to complete the project .
Xikukwane road project was started in 2010 with a R16 million budget but it was never completed to date but another R3 million has been allocated as well.
The DA is deeply concerned that there is no accountability and monitoring systems in place, hence the contractors continue to vanish without completing these projects.
It is totally unacceptable that the tax payer's money is being wasted on enriching friends and families of the politically connected few instead of uplifting the lives of the people of Giyani.
The DA urges MEC Makamu to establish a task team to oversee these projects and ensure that the contractors are traced to pay back all the money intended for these projects that they never completed.
The people of Giyani deserve better.