According to the Auditor General’s local government audit results, municipalities in the Free State are incurring huge losses due to these issues, coupled with financial mismanagement and lack of accountability. The Mangaung Metro Municipality and the Matjhabeng Local Municipality are listed among the municipalities that have incurred losses through various incomplete projects.
The Mangaung Metro has thus far spent over R140 million on the planning and establishment of the (N8) airport development node. The Auditor General’s provincial representative, Odwa Duda, says the project was started during the 2012/13 financial year, but no further progress has been made. His findings on the metro come just weeks after the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) submitted a motion of no confidence against the mayor stating that not much has been achieved under their leadership as the multimillion-rand taxi rank still remains a white elephant among other issues faced by the municipality.
Municipal spokesperson, Qondile Khedama, is yet to respond to OFM News’ enquiry.
KATLEHO MORAPELA / OFM News