Oct 21, 2019Port Elizabeth – National Treasury has apparently given the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality a fortnight to prepare for the withdrawal and recalling of all transfers made since the inception of the Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS) conditional grant allocation.”The Democratic Alliance (DA) has been warning of this impending crisis over many months and now the Metro stands to lose R3.2 billion, which is equal to nearly three years of equitable share,” said Rano Kayser Cllr – DA NMB Spokesperson for Roads and Transport.”This is likely to bankrupt the Metro and will result in the total collapse of service delivery and the Metro not being able to meet its obligations.”It will also pave the way for the Eastern Cape Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) to place the Metro under administration.”This crisis came to light in a scathing National Treasury letter to NMB acting City Manager Ms Nobuntu Mgogoshe, dated 16 October 2019.”Kayser said that the letter refers to the Municipality’s persistent non-compliance with the Integrated Public Transport Systems Grant (IPTSG) and states that IPTS funding has been used outside the frameworks stipulated in the Division of Revenue Act (DoRA).”Furthermore, the letter mentions a Deloitte and Touche forensic investigation report, which highlights that the Municipality did not confirm with Supply Chain Management (SCM) processes in procuring services from a number of service providers.”The report concludes that the majority of IPTS appointments were made through creative forms of irregular deviation processes that circumvented the SCM processes,” he described.”National Treasury is of the view that the irregularities in SCM processes, previously reported by the Auditor-General (AG), would have been properly resolved by implementing the recommendations of forensic report and acting against employees and service providers implicated.”On the 13th of June 2019, National Treasury wrote the Metro and requested feedback on the recovery of Unlawful, Irregular, Fruitless and Wasteful (UIFW) expenditure and the implementation of recommendations made in the forensic report.”Treasury stated the City is facing the worst Unlawful, Irregular, Fruitless and Wasteful expenditure in the country, and in the history of the Municipality, and that this poses a fiscal risk and a risk to the stability of the Metro.”Renewed call for the ousting of Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor, Mongameli BobaniKayser said that according to the National Treasury letter the Municipality’s reply made it clear that there was, at the highest level of the institution, limited understanding of the contents of Auditor-General (AG) reports regarding UIFW expenditure matters.”Additionally, the Municipality’s request for examples of sections of the DoRA that would have been contravened convinced National Treasury of ‘deep institutional fault lines at the highest level of the administration’,” he described.”It also stated the City is facing the worst Unlawful, Irregular, Fruitless and Wasteful expenditure in the country and in the history of the Municipality and that this poses a fiscal risk and a risk to the stability of the Metro.”Given the current impasse in the City and the ‘gangster state’ the government has become under Mayor Bobani and his coalition of corruption, DA NMB Caucus Leader, Cllr Athol Trollip, and I will endeavour to engage with National Treasury to prevent to clawing back of the entire amount, and also with CoGtA on other government related issues.”We also call on all political parties to act in the interest of the Municipality and its citizens and conclude the Special Council meeting during which a Motion of No Confidence to oust Mayor Bobani will be heard.”It is imperative to remove Mayor Bobani and duly appoint a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and permanent senior managers. This we believe will be the first bricks in rebuilding the City to its former glory.”Follow more RNEWS articles, subscribe to our YouTube channel and for breaking news LIKE us on Facebook. For news on the Western Cape click here.For great savings on life’s little pleasures visit Bargain Buys! Know somebody who is getting married, Wedding and Function can assist. Have kids, then you need to visit Kids Connection. Enjoy food and travel, then visit Home Food and Travel. Need assistance with an online presence, visit Agency One.