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Rustenburg municipality probes CFO

By Molaole Montsho Time of article published Feb 2, 2016

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Rustenburg – Disciplinary action was being taken against suspended Rustenburg Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Sithembiso Gloria Molefe, the municipality said on Tuesday.

Municipal spokesman Thapelo Matebesi said the Rustenburg council decided on January 26 to take disciplinary proceeding against suspended municipal manager, Advocate Bheki Khenisa, and the CFO.

“The executive mayor and the acting municipal manager [Victor Makona] are currently busy with the appointment of the presiding officer and lead investigating officers as per directive of council respectively,” he said.

Khenisa was suspended on December 21 on charges relating to unspent conditional grants from the national treasury.

Molefe, who was not on suspension, was being investigated for the role she played in the unspent conditional grants.

A law firm appointed by the municipality to probe allegation of misconduct against the municipal manager, found that Molefe was party to the application made to the national treasury to roll over the unspent conditional grants for the 2014/15 financial year.

Her office prepared the submission to national treasury and she was aware that the application was not approved. It recommended that disciplinary action be taken against her.

The municipality did not spend conditional grants amounting at R426,9 million. Treasury declined the municipality’s application to have the conditional grants rolled over.

The application to roll over the public transport infrastructure grant and the municipal infrastructure grant was declined because the municipality was applying for a roll over for the third consecutive time.

The application for the roll over of funds for the integrated national electrification programme and the expanded public works programme was declined because the request was more than the 2014/15 allocations, while the request for the water services operating subsidy grant was declined because supporting documents were not submitted with the application.

African News Agency

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