North West premier Thandi Modise. Photo: Elfas Torerai
Premier Thandi Modise has ordered municipalities in the province to appoint competent managers to enhance service delivery.
Speaking during the auditor-general’s Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) road show at the Rustenburg Civic Centre on Thursday, Modise said municipalities with incompetent municipal managers and chief financial officers should sack them. In their places they should employ managers who were skilled to deliver services to the people.
“The reason why municipalities are performing at unacceptable levels is because they are appointing unqualified and unskilled people in strategic management positions,” Modise said. “We need to take a bold step in municipalities to ensure that we employ managers who have what it takes to deliver services to our people.”
The premier warned that municipalities that continued to employ unskilled managers would be dealt with accordingly.
She said her administration had resolved to root out corruption and would not close its eyes to fraud. “There will be no cousin and/or sister when the Special Investigating Unit concludes investigations into fraud and corruption at municipal level.
‘Those found to be defrauding the system will face the full might of the law.”
In the 2011 financial year, only nine out of 24 municipalities submitted their financial statements for audit.
The auditor-general provincial head, Schalla van Schalkwyk, said there was a lack of proper leadership in municipalities, which led to noncompliance with the law. There was need for a good leadership regime that would put necessary internal control compliance structures
DA provincial leader Chris Hattingh blamed cadre deployment for the poor state of financial management in municipalities. “This is even indicative of governance in general in the province where capacitated people with expertise were replaced by a brutal ANC factional cadre deployment policy.”
Some of the councillors in attendance requested that the supply chain management function be withdrawn from municipalities.
Kalane Rampai, a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, reminded municipal officials that they should see their time in council as their turn to serve not to eat.