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City of Joburg: ANC administration didn't probe wasteful expenditure

The city also says the ANC didn’t pay suppliers on time when it was running the city.

Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba says the Auditor-General’s report on the city’s finances has shown that the previous African National Congress (ANC)-led administration has allowed fruitless and wasteful expenditure to reach nearly R27 million with nearly R8 million being wasted in just the last financial year.

It also says the balance for unauthorised expenditure reached nearly R3.5 billion with nearly R700 million rand of that being incurred in the last financial year.

Mashaba was installed as mayor after the Economic Freedom Fighters and the Democratic Alliance (DA) won more votes than the ANC in last year’s local government elections.

The City of Johannesburg’s Tony Taverna-Turisan says the Auditor-General’s report shows that the previous administration did not try to find out what happened to this money.

“Eighty percent of that amount, which is over R28 million has not been investigated, which the city is mandated to do.”

And he says it seems that in most cases, there wasn’t even an attempt to investigate.

“Close to 70% of the irregular expenditure was not even recorded in the city’s own internal investigation.”

The city also says the ANC didn’t pay suppliers on time when it was running the city.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)