In Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality, the committee claimed that the municipality spent over R 900 000 to date paying its suspended municipal manager.
Despite this, the committee said it welcomed the commitment to deal with the matter within the next 30 days and stop what it considers fruitless and wasteful expenditure, "which might lead to a regression in audit opinion in the current financial year".
Speaking of Fetakgomo Tubatse Local Municipality, the committee said it considered it unacceptable that some of the R230 million lost through VBS as investment is inclusive of R80m funding for the Integrated National Electrification Programme (INEP), which directly impacted on the ability of the municipality to roll out an electrification programme. This undermines the project of improving the lives of the people.
The committee further expressed concern by the lack of stability at senior management level within the municipality.
The committee concluded by saying that it was unacceptable that, as a result of VBS investments, municipalities continue to struggle to pay service providers on time, with some paying suppliers after 150 days.
"The committee will today [Wednesday] engage with the Lepelle-Nkumbi, Mogalakwena and Thabazimbi municipalities before making its recommendations," the committee said.