The MEC of the Western Cape’s department of human settlements, Bonginkosi Madikizela, has lifted the lid on something he calls corruption at the Beaufort West municipality.
Two years ago, it is alleged that the municipality, under the leadership of mayor Truman Prince, received a budget boost equalling R1.9-million.
The funds were for the building of internal toilets for housing structures in the area.
Madikizela alleged that a further R400 000 was injected into the project, to oversee the entire process of building and installing 100 toilets.
However, as reported by EWN, to the shock of the human settlements’ MEC, the municipality had allegedly ran through R2-million with only 21 toilets built.
Madikizela accuses municipality of misusing funds
What exacerbates Madikizela, he says, is the fact that it took something close to a year to build six toilets. Furthermore, he claims that there isn’t sufficient funds to develop any more toilets.
These claims, however, were refuted by Price, who has accused Madikizela of failing to account his calculations correctly.
“We received from the minister R1.9 million and said we should get our own estimation, then we can build 40 toilets.” Price said.
Madikizela, responding to our queries, challenged Price and revealed that the mayor had admitted it himself that the project has run out of funds with only 21 toilets competed
“Prince said it himself on Radio Gumka that only 21 toilets have been completed and there’s no money left [from] that R2.3-million,” Madikizela charged.
Ntomboxolo Somdaka, the human settlements MEC’s spokesperson, took to Twitter on Monday to share images of the incomplete structures, alleging that Price’s municipality had spent R1.5-million on labour alone.
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