How to squander millions: the tale of two broke EC municipalities

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How to squander millions: the tale of two broke EC municipalities

Reports present a depressingly familiar list of allegations of fraud and incompetence

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Forensic reports conducted by the Eastern Cape cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) department into the finances of two small municipalities, Great Kei and Amahlathi, have revealed how the cash-strapped councils paid millions for projects that were either incomplete or not done.

The eight officials believed to be responsible for this are no longer employed by the two smaller municipalities, but have since moved to other positions in province’s municipalities. They have not been called to account despite the report’s recommendation that criminal action be taken against them.

The reports show how municipal funds were paid to companies for work not done. The department, with the help of the national treasury, is conducting similar investigations into nine other municipalities in the province...

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