ANC lambasts City of CT on unspent R600m

Part of the unspent R600 million in the 2015/16 budget was meant for the upgrade of residential units.

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CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town says it failed to spend about R600 million of its budget because of heavy rain, gangsterism and community interference.

Councillors have met to approve the adjustments budget for the 2016/17 financial year.

This means unspent funds from the 2015/16 financial year will now be rolled over and added to the current budget.

Part of the R600 million, that went unspent in the 2015/16 financial year, was meant for the upgrade of residential units in Scottsdene, Hanover Park and Heideveld.

Deputy mayor Ian Neilson says, "They don't in anyway damage or have a detrimental impact on service delivery. They have no impact at all on the tariffs or the rates of the current financial year."

But African National Congress (ANC) councillor Bheki Hadebe describes the reasons given for the under-spending as "weak, lousy and shallow".

"Listen to the lousy excuse - 'lack of contractor capacity'. What does this say about your bid adjudication and assessment process? This is a clear indication that you lack due diligence."

The adjustments budget has been approved the Democratic Alliance, majority in council despite objections from the Economic Freedom Fighter, ANC and the African Independent Candidates.