Nelson Mandela Bay’s finance boss, Trevor Harper, has vowed to turn the tide in the municipality by getting the city’s books back in order and achieving a positive audit outcome from the auditor-general next year.
This comes after the municipality was rapped over the knuckles by the auditor-general for its R768-million in irregular expenditure incurred in the 2013-14 financial year and its shambolic leave management system.
Included in the irregular expenditure picked up by the auditor-general was an amount of R27-million spent on an Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS) marketing strategy.
The auditor-general said the municipality appointed a service provider irregularly for the implementation of the marketing strategy, but IPTS project head Mhleli Tshamase said yesterday he did not agree with the auditor-general
“I have an issue with the R27-million that the auditorgeneral said was awarded irregularly because the adequate authority was granted by the erstwhile accounting officer,” he said.
-Rochelle de Kock
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