The City of Cape Town is still busy writing off hundreds of thousands of rand in “wasteful and irregular” expenditure dating back to the ANC-led council seven years ago.
The city’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) has also resolved to write off about R28 000 for unsold 2010 World Cup tickets.
A report on the agenda for next week’s mayoral committee meeting says that in 2008, Scopa advised on the “condonation” of an amount of R527 368 in respect of Sicoca iKapa, a cleaning project.
“Subsequently, a reconciliation was performed and a further amount of R119 400 was identified as being part of the Sicoca iKapa project. This amount had been excluded from the previous amount for which condonation was requested,” the report said.
“Unemployed members of the community were selected to work on these projects. Bank accounts were opened by these workers… The workers were unaware bank charges would be deducted, and upon payment from the city the bank retained the amount in respect of bank charges,” the report said.
It said after protest action by the workers and on instruction of then executive director Mthuthuzeli Swartz and supply chain management director Mabela Satekge, payments were again approved and cheques issued.
“The central pay office informed the appropriate department that this was a double payment. The officials who requested, authorised and approved the payment have since left the employ of the city. The initial duplicate payments totalled R527 368.09. Subsequently, a reconciliation was performed and a further amount of R119 399.86 was identified as being part of the Sicoca iKapa project and had been excluded from the previous amount for which condonation was requested,” the report said.
Scopa chairman William Mxolose said the two issues were raised by the auditor-general and need to be resolved. He said the committee resolved to have the amount written off.