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effNews24 reports that the EFF in the Eastern Cape has called for the immediate suspension of the Amathole District municipal manager, Thandekile Mnyimba, and for a forensic investigation to be launched into alleged financial mismanagement at the municipality.  

This development came after Mnyimba issued a circular informing all 1,670 employees of the municipality that they would not be paid their salaries for four months due to strained financial resources.  The municipality cited a low revenue collection rate, an unaffordable R65 million monthly salary bill, the drought and the pandemic as reasons for its effective bankruptcy.  Previously Mnyimba had cited the fact that the category 6 municipality was unlawfully re-categorised by his predecessors to a category 7 municipality.  This, he said, paved the way for workers and officials to undeservedly get exorbitant salaries and benefits.  But the EFF's provincial chair Yazini Tetyana charged that the party had been made aware of staff grievances including victimisation, flouting of the Municipal Finance Management Act and poor financial management and governance by the municipal manager.  "As the EFF, we call on National Treasury to act by launching a forensic investigation of the financial affairs of the municipality as it is alleged by staff that the Municipal Manager acted in violation of legislation on numerous occasions by illegally outsourcing functions of the municipality to consultants such as the handling of the staff payroll by a foreign company, thus exposing the institution and staff to privacy breaches,” Tetyana indicated.  Tetyana also alleged that Mnyimba increased his own salary, “making him one of the most paid public servants in the province.”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Malibongwe Dayimani at News24

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