It’s feared that Mooi-Mpofana Municipality could be heading for another disclaimer audit opinion due to its poor financial management and administration.

THE “troubled” Mooi-Mpofana municipality in Mooi River is in danger of being placed under administration following a complete collapse in service delivery.

Xolani Duma, the Mooi Mpofana mayor who is also the speaker, said there have been discussions at provincial level to either get a financial administrator to sort out financial matters or an administrator to take over the municipality.

Last year the municipality received a disclaimer (the worst audit opinion) from the Auditor-General and could be headed for a second similar audit opinion when the results are released in a few weeks.  

It has not had a full council meeting since August last year, while special council meetings are not completed because councillors often abandon them halfway. The municipality has financial problems as workers are either not paid or paid late, and large amounts of money are owed to suppliers and Eskom. 

The power utility is no longer willing to make arrangements with the municipality.

There are tensions between the Mayor Duma and his acting Municipal Manager and his caucus, leading to a dysfunctional administration.

“We are in danger of getting a disclaimer (audit opinion)  and if that happens we will call for a vote of no confidence in the mayor. It is likely to succeed because the mayor does not get along with his caucus,” said DA councillor Nhlalayenza Ndlovu.

"The municipality has no money. In September it had about R800 000 in its bank account and has a monthly salary bill of R2 million. I have no idea where they got the rest of the money to pay salaries," said Ndlovu. 

Duma said it was true that the municipality was struggling financially. "This thing of not paying workers on time is a new trend which looks like poor management on the side of the managers."

He also acknowledged the infighting between him and his senior managers.