Embattled Ugu municipality reviewing damning COGTA report

Embattled Ugu municipality reviewing damning COGTA report

Ugu municipality says it's still verifying the findings of a report which revealed the south coast municipality's staff complement is bloated.

Stack of papers

An excess of 300 employees are said to be receiving salaries - which is in contravention of the Municipal Systems Act.

The KwaZulu-Natal Cooperative Governance Department initiated the probe.

The investigation also picked up irregular and wasteful expenditure amounting to millions - among other revelations. 

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The report has recommended disciplinary action against senior officials as well as criminal proceedings.

Municipal spokesperson, France Zama says a council meeting was held on Thursday to deliberate a way forward. 

He says it was agreed the municipality should conduct its own audit to establish how many of the excess employees are active or ghost employees.

"What we want to do as a municipality, we also want to conduct our internal process also to establish this and hence a council has taken a view to say they are going to institute a further verification process which is going to be able to give comfort to council. 

"After that we will be able to give a clear directive as to how council is going to be dealing with this matter," says Zama.

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