The DA notes that the beleaguered IPTS has incurred budget overruns of just less than R147-million.
This unauthorised expenditure amounts to little more than the dumping of capital budget prior to the financial year-end.
This is money that could and should have been spent on items identified within the approved budget. In spite of the controversy surrounding the IPTS, repeated tender deviations and overspending have become a hallmark of a project that remains largely veiled in secrecy and still without a single bus on the road.
The project remains in disarray, shrouded in a cloud of alleged corruption and irregularity, under the control of an official who, it has been alleged in the press, has a criminal conviction.
The DA will not support the proposal to bring this overspending to council to condone this unauthorised expenditure. We will not be a rubber stamp that would assist in any way in regularising this uncontrolled spending.
The Pikoli report into IPTS project irregularities has yet to be properly dealt with and promises to be merely the tip of the iceberg in this saga.
The DA again requests that a full forensic audit be conducted into the IPTS project so that the unvarnished truth can be revealed, any illegal activity exposed and reported to the relevant authority for appropriate action, prosecution and recovery where required.
We have once again written to the offices of Eastern Cape local government MEC Fikile Xasa, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Pravin Gordhan and to National Treasury, to request their urgent intervention in the matter.
This mismanagement exposed once again highlights the inability of this institution to manage its capital budget properly and, in so doing, deprives residents of much needed service delivery, undermines confidence in the institution, and hampers economic growth and job creation.
-Retief Odendaal, DA councillor for Ward 6 and NMB leader of the official opposition