Taking to his Facebook page, the mayor of the Nelson Mandela bay metro, Athol Trollip, recounted how since taking over from the ANC last August, his administration had managed to turn the finances around, supposedly cutting “finance deviations” by up to 90 percent.
“Under the previous administration, the Mayoral Committee was approving roughly 120 financial deviations at almost every sitting. Legislation makes provision for deviations in cases of unavoidable emergency, indicating that the previous administration was in a constant state of financial disarray and poor planning.
“One of the main areas that has influenced this change has been the strengthening of internal financial systems and careful planning. This new government is set on curbing unnecessary expenditure through smart and forward-thinking governance,” Trollip said.
Corruption had been reduced and wasteful expenditure limited as a result, Trollip stated.
“Deviations should be closely monitored and only be used in exceptional circumstances.”
Below are some responses to Trollip’s post.