YESTERDAY’S council meeting to approve the adjustment budget ended in a compromise that had ANC and DA councillors agreeing to postpone the approval until Wednesday when they will reconvene to go through the suspicious-looking and poorly-compiled report and correct the numbers before the February 28 submission deadline.
The adjustment budget is compiled during the year to move monies allocated to specific jobs that may require more or less funding than originally planned. The budget must be sent to the office of the Auditor General and is used as a yardstick to assess the municipality’s performance. Incorrect figures and incomplete justifications have led to qualified audits, adverse opinions and disclaimers in the past. In fact, Ndlamabe Municipality has never been given a clean (unqualified) audit in all the years since the various small local municipalities were amalgamated into Ndlambe.
DA caucus leader and finance portfolio councillor Ray Schenk asked if the residents were being hoodwinked, implying that something under-handed may be happening at the municipality.
More on this story in this week’s Talk of the Town, out on Thursday.