Councillors slam Mbambisa for poor audit outcome, R768m in wasteful expenditure.
Fresh from their month-long leave, Nelson Mandela Bay councillors tackled their first council meeting guns blazing, lambasting city manager Mpilo Mbambisa for the metro’s poor audit outcome and R768-million in irregular expenditure incurred in the 2013-14 financial year under his watch.
Councillors refused to accept excuses, saying, although not the permanent head of the city at the time, Mbambisa was at the helm of the institution for 11 months of that financial year and should accept responsibility for the qualified audit opinion.
The financial year was from July 2013 to June last year.
Among the red flags contained in the municipality’s financial statements pertaining to irregular expenditure incurred is the purchase of T-shirts and provision of catering to the tune of R1.85-million for former president Nelson Mandela’s memorial services.
At the time, the national Treasury made it clear that the costs associated with the memorial services should not include T-shirts and catering.
– Rochelle de Kock
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