DA-led Tshwane city blasted for failing to spend half their budget

DA-led Tshwane city blasted for failing to spend half their budget

The DA-led City of Tshwane has received backlash for failing to spend half of its budget for the 2018/19 financial year. Opposition parties condemned the under-spending during a council sitting, after it emerged that the city failed to spend R2 billion.

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The Democratic Alliance run Tshwane Metro has been criticised for failing to spend R2 billion of its allocated budget.

The municipal annual report, which was tabled yesterday, revealed that the city had spent half its funding:

“The total adjustment capital budget amounts to R4bn The expenditure for the period, including that of the municipal entities, amounts to R2bn, which represents 50% of spending against the total approved budget. Expenditure, including commitments, is at R2.5bn.”

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The report noted that electricity service charges had been responsible for the majority of the variation in the budget, citing that the expected costs relating to smart meters had been less than projected.

Tshilidzi Tuwani, EFF Councillor, feels that it was clear the municipality had not performed as had been expected, reports IOL.

Tuwani linked the poor performance to the murder of five homeless people in the city, claiming that safe shelter was in short supply, a result of the city's failure to build houses.

ANC Councillor Nosipho Makeke was also critical of the DA's performance, saying that they had failed to achieve anything during this financial year.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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