Call for A Mechanism to Detect Wasteful Expenditure

19th August 2014.


The IFP in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature calls for a mechanism to detect wasteful expenditure of public funds especially at municipal level where service delivery is largely lacking.


“I commend the Auditor General’s report for the financial year 2012/13 that indicated clean audits for seven out of more than sixty municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal. The mandate of the AG is to monitor spending of public funds but unfortunately we don’t get a sense of the outcomes related to budget spending of these municipalities. As the IFP we believe that there should be a mechanism that will monitor whether citizens of the municipalities receive value for money or whether this money is used to promote political parties who control those municipalities,” said IFP leader in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, Mr Blessed Gwala, MPL.


“The large number of service delivery protests across the province indicates that people are not receiving services that are due to them. The fact that Okhahlamba Municipality only spent 56% and uMhlathuze Municipality only spent 47% on their capital projects and now do not have sufficient funds to complete these projects shows that they are not competent in managing their budgets,” continued Mr Gwala.


“The IFP is of the view that the new monitoring mechanism must be able to detect the wasteful expenditure of public funds for example where a municipality claims to have printed T-shirts for a municipal event but, it turns out to be T-shirts for the ruling party or parties in that municipality. The IFP is also concerned about corruption which has turned out to be a political cancer in our municipalities like uMhlathuze and Newcastle, but the MEC for COGTA is keeping it under wraps because these are ANC led-municipalities. Budgets allocated to municipalities must be used to provide much needed services to our people,” concluded Mr Gwala.



Issued by:

Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature, 078 290 5842


For Media Enquiries:

Mr Phendulani Biyae, IFP KZN Legislature Media Officer, 073 024 5675