A confidential report has revealed how R36.1 million was flushed down the drain after two senior officials at eThekwini Municipality allegedly authorised prepayment to four companies that failed to supply toilet facilities to impoverished communities.
Making matters worse, the metro was prepared to pay double the price – R18 300 (a unit) instead of R9 600, the actual price.
City Press is in possession of a report by the “city integrity and investigations unit”, which made the findings.
The report – titled Alleged Procurement Irregularities – calls for disciplinary processes to be instituted against the deputy head of sanitation operations at the water and sanitation unit, Sibusiso Vilane, as well as Vusumuzi Mkhwanazi, the senior manager of special programmes at the water and sanitation unit.
The two officials were found to have contravened the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) by causing the municipality to incur irregular expenditure of R36 126 257.24.
Despite extensive questions – sent to city manager Nzuza about any engagement with the mayor and why no action had been taken against the guilty parties – spokesperson for Nzuza and the municipality Tozi Mthethwa responded, saying only that: “The city manager will study the report and implement its recommendations.”