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Check This Municipality With 300 Workers More Than They Need

According to South African Municipal Systems Act, excess staff should not exceed 21 persons.

A report commissioned by KZN Department of Cooperative Governance (COGTA) into the Ugu District Municipality said it had three hundred workers more than it needs.

According to News24, investigators recemmended criminal investigations and for salaries paid to excess stuff to be classified as irregular and wasteful expenditure.

In another report seen by Eyewitness News, found damning allegations of tender fraud , maladministration, as well as irregular and wasteful expenditure amount over 45million in Ugu.

Eyewitness also reported that Disciplinary proceedings were recommended for senior officials including municipal manager Danhpalan Naidoo and supply chain manager Ntokoza Mkhize.

In a separate report by TimesLive , there were recommendations that a case of fraud be opened with police to probe the appointment of Paul Watson who earns over R55 000 monthly as the municipal manager for water services , despite not being in position of a matric certificate.

The report also suggested the police should also probe the payment of R1.6 million to 16 ghost workers between July and November 2019.

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COGTA Danhpalan Naidoo Eyewitness News KZN Department of Cooperative Governance Paul Watson

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