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Cosatu: Cape Town finances concerning

2012-07-24 17:48

Johannesburg - The financial affairs of the City of Cape Town are deteriorating, Cosatu said on Tuesday.

"The (Auditor General's [AG]) report... highlights abuse of tender regulations by council politicians and the families of officials in the city," Congress of SA Trade Unions Western Cape provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich said in a statement.

"The spending of the capital budget again lags far behind the budgeted amounts and is in many respects the reasons for increased service delivery protest in the city."

The City of Cape Town failed to receive a clean audit from the AG.

Only 5% of the country's municipalities obtained clean audit reports in the 2011/2012 financial year, AG Terence Nombembe disclosed on Monday.

Of the Western Cape's 30 municipalities, only the West Coast district municipality and the Swartland local municipality received clean audits.

One of the biggest reasons was the awarding of tenders to bidders linked to the City of Cape Town, according to the report.

Ehrenreich claimed the city's finances had deteriorated under mayoral committee member for finance Ian Neilson.

"Cosatu calls for his removal from the finance portfolio due to incompetence," he said.

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Comments
  • clive.kihn - 2012-07-24 18:08

    I am not saying that all in the garden is rosy, but Cosatu's hypocrisy in singling out Cape Town is mind-boggling.

      Foodfor - 2012-07-24 18:37

      it is the only municipality for which they are not yet receiving the blame...

      TSR01 - 2012-07-24 18:48

      Not rosy? But where are these alleged corrupt tenders? Last I saw in the news, the "investigation" into "unfairly awarded tenders" by the Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, came up with a clean record, displaying the only irregularity found was 2 individuals not on the committee attended the meeting in which the tender award was announced. What difference did that make? None. That is why it was reported that NO ABUSE OCCURRED! So please, Tony Assenreuk, show us where this SLANDEROUS, LIBELOUS, and FALSIFIED abuse occurred. Which tenders? Which individuals? Which families of the DA? If we changed this article to focus on the ANC, in Gauteng, I would find it easier to believe (except that 2 municipalities received clean audits!). Its all smoke and mirrors. The ANC / SACP / Cosatu wants to blame anyone for anything just to divert attention from the negative press the ANC & Co. receives. P.S. Cosatu is meant to be a non-politically aligned labor union. How contemptuous that they so blatantly side with the ANC and slander other political parties. Oh well, they've made their bed, now they can sleep in it and enjoy the lice and bedbugs crawling in it - when the DA takes power, Cosatu will be left out in the cold like a misbehaved dog, where they chose to be.

      trevor.roberts.148 - 2012-07-24 19:35

      I would say that the ANC and their friends in Cosatu are upset because they can't deploy their cadres in CT.

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-07-24 18:09

    Klap Tony E op sy mond en gee hom dan werk om te doen. Ledigheid is die duiwel se oorkussing.

      lownabester - 2012-07-24 18:12

      Patricia, jy vat die woorde uit my mond. Ruk sommer vir Fransman ook reg.

      bernpm - 2012-07-24 18:28

      Ehrenreich: sonder "eer" en no "reich".

      ianon.ym - 2012-07-24 18:57

      Let me improve your German a bit - Keine 'Ehre' u'n'd Kein 'Reich' - he was surely blessed with the right surname ...

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-24 18:22

    Anything coming out of Tonys mouth is biased,Suur druiwe balony!!!!

  • wendy.schneider3 - 2012-07-24 18:37

    stop pointing fingers the rest of the country is falling apart and you worry about cape town... cosato grow a brain PLEASE!!!

  • Hercules Leonardo Giorgino - 2012-07-24 18:48

    ANC, DA,Cope they are all the bloody same. The only good politician is a dead politician.

      tobydt - 2012-07-24 18:52

      Not really. No. Generally yes. But comparing the DA to the ANC, is like comparing a BMW to a Corsa. The only problem with most South Africans, is they dont like the colour of the BMW :P

      tobydt - 2012-07-24 18:53

      Anyways, the qualified audit reports for WCape, were from recently acquired ANC municipalities (2009/2010 AG Report), and the municipal elections were when? As for the metro, the 'corrupt tender' accusation was later corrected by the PP.

      TSR01 - 2012-07-24 18:56

      How so? The DA deliver. The ANC steal. Cope observes and argues with itself. Note my comment at the top regarding the previous allegations of irregularities in handling of tenders in the Western Cape and how it amounted to nothing. The Public Protector cleared the matter, so how is "KOSUTTU" aligned with a position of authority to denounce the DA as abusive when there has been UTTERLY NULL supporting evidence to show their claims to be true? I call shenanigans, slander, libel and lies! This whole article is Crimen Injura, poisoning the well, and rubbish inside and out. Then again, we all know the ANC / COSATU / SACP are rotten to the core, so who, I say WHO would believe this hogwash? "Wash your hog today, the smell will simply go away! Buy all new HogWash! Only $49.99 a bottle!" - pigs are always filthy and so are the ANC & Co. ;)

  • matt.cumming.77 - 2012-07-24 18:52

    Cape Town's finances worrying?! Look in the mirror your uneducated friends have run everything into the ground. CPT is the one exception!

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-07-24 18:55

    Tony do you only care about Cape Town or do you care about South Africa as a whole? If what you say is true, prove it, and yes the wrong doer's must be brought to book. How about your organisation cosatu staging a PEACEFULL protest to force government to act on all the irregularities practiced by their departments over and over again without being brought to book?

  • PointBlank - 2012-07-24 18:56

    ag no Tony, Cape Town received an UNQUALIFIED audit with their finances which means NO irregularities. So desperate it's pitiful.

      lerato.kay.3 - 2012-07-25 05:29

      And so did 45% of SA's municipalities. Download and read the AG's report before you start fighting for your perfect DA, do you know they don't even have an asset register?

  • johan.maree.5036 - 2012-07-24 18:56

    Didn't Cape Town have a clean audit before, what went wrong? DA, fix this now! Don't be like the ANC, please no!

  • mantsho.tlali - 2012-07-24 18:59

    Why worry about Cape Town, they have Limpopo and Mpumalanga to sort out, They are do nothing Union, Majority do not have jobs, you will never hear Cosatu come up with the solutions, all they do is to talk too much, and whatever they say does not make a sense because they are useless.

  • vusi.masombuka.5 - 2012-07-24 19:02

    It's funny how when members of the opposition give their input about their disappointment about the WC DA administration they get lambasted. Its within their rights to give their views. Lets look at the matter in its merit and nor protect what's wrong and compare it to other areas in the country. Lets fight for good governments in the whole country.

  • tobydt - 2012-07-24 19:05

    The ANC has no presence in Cape Town. Hence, they promised Tony he can be mayor if the ANC wins Cape Town (Never going to happen). Thats why he's making so much noise ?

  • joe.irwin.50 - 2012-07-24 19:11

    They are a member of the alliance guys! What else could we expect?

  • Erna - 2012-07-24 19:46

    Firstly - Helen Zille has already noted and voiced her concerns regarding the audits in the WC. Secondly - if the financial officer of Cape Town is expected to resign, so should the other 95%.

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-07-25 05:17

    SA will remain a country where service delivery is just a dream as long as people can't think beyond political lines. The AG has done his job and Cape Town has been found wanting and what do our usual sheep do; start bleating ANC conspiracy! Come on now, I have always said that politicians have it easy because they always have the masses protecting them. Just like ANC, the DA is wrong and must get their house inorder, I could see it coming given the fact that W Cape is leading in service delivery protests! Please news24 why make it a Cosatu thing, they were just quoting from the AG report, so why not make the AG report heading? Or you chose to put Cosatu so that people can just brush it aside? Anyway given DA's so-called clean record I'm sure heads will roll, starting with the rapper mayor who looks more like a stooge

      tobydt - 2012-07-25 07:26

      Err... No. Cape Town has half as many service delivery protests as Joburg.

      tobydt - 2012-07-25 07:27

      Anyways, we did read this week about R300mill stolen at municipal level and how the ANC punished them. Final warnings.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-25 16:35

      At least we have clean water, electricity and a good accounting system in CT municiplaity. Most service delivery protests in Cape Town are those that want more free homes.

  • ian.flack2 - 2012-07-25 12:55

    Incompetence maybe, but he still comes out with a distinction compared with others we shall not name............. Nothing more than a little boy poking a dog with a stick to see what would happen. Go get a life Tony and stop arguing from a point of ignorance and pointlessness.

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