Update on notices issued in terms of Section 106 of the Municipal Systems Act; First Term Committee Programme

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Meeting Summary

The Select Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs met to receive a briefing from the Committee’s Content Advisor on legislation and to adopt the revised Committee programme for the 1st Term of 2014.

Members were informed that there were currently four notices issued in terms of Section 106 of the Municipal Systems Act. The Committee had received a notice that there were allegations of fraud, theft and corruption and various malpractices in three municipalities in Mpumalanga, namely Nqancala District Municipality, Mbombela Municipality and Govern Mbeki Municipality. The MEC in the Eastern Cape had also tabled various notices concerning a number of municipalities. The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) and PriceWaterhouse Coopers had been appointed to investigate various malpractices concerning corruption. The investigations were on-going. The Committee would be briefed when the investigations had been finalised.

The revised Committee programme for the 1st Term of 2014 was adopted with amendments.
 

Meeting report

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks
The Chairperson welcomed Members to the Committee. He said the Committee would be dealing with two items- the consideration and adoption of the revised Committee programme for 2014 and an update would be given to the Committee on legislation.

Mr Moses Manele, Committee Secretary, Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, asked the Committee Content Advisor to brief Members on the Committee programme and legislation.

Update on notices issued in terms of Section 106 of the Municipal Systems Act
Mr Nkosana Faku, Content Advisor, Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, said there were currently four notices issued in terms of Section 106 of the Municipal Systems Act. The Committee had received a notice that there were allegations of fraud, theft and corruption and various malpractices in three municipalities in Mpumalanga, namely Nqancala District Municipality, Mbombela Municipality and Govern Mbeki Municipality. The MEC in the Eastern Cape had also tabled various notices concerning a number of municipalities. The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) and PriceWaterhouse Coopers had been appointed to investigate various malpractices concerning corruption. The investigations were on-going. The Committee would be briefed when the investigations had been finalised.

Mr J Gunda (ID; Northern Cape) asked for the lists of municipalities in the Eastern Cape.

Mr Mfuku replied that there were around 20 municipalities under investigation in the Eastern Cape. The on-going investigations were around procurement, housing, fraud and corruption. A list would be circulated to Members.

Mr A Matile (ANC; Gauteng) said it was a very serious issue that the Eastern Cape had 20 municipalities under investigation for fraud and corruption. The Committee needed to invite the relevant MEC in the Eastern Cape and the Department to brief the Committee on what was going on with the province.

Mr Gunda supported Mr Matile’s proposal. He suggested that the Committee staff find out about the MEC and the Department’s availability.

Mr Mfuku noted the suggestion.

Consideration of Revised Committee Programme for 2014
The Chairperson tabled the programme for consideration.
Mr Gunda said the Northern Cape might have changed the date for the meeting scheduled for 18 February 2014. However he would get back to the Committee with the accurate information.

Mr Manala said an apology has been received from the Northern Cape that it would not be ready to submit their negotiating mandates on 11 February 2014.

Mr Matile moved for the adoption of the Committee programme with amendments.

Mr Gunda seconded the move.

The Committee programme was adopted with amendments.

The meeting was adjourned.
 

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