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Unbanked Cash found in Municipal Offices Prompts an Investigation
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 15:03

unbanked cash smallOudtshoorn, 16 September 2015 – The Oudtshoorn Municipality is initiating an investigation after an amount of R 12 950-00 cashed in August 2014 from admission of guilt fines was found kept in a safe at the Municipal traffic department.

The cash comprises daily summaries received on 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 18 August 2014 that was supposed to have been banked by Municipal officials from the traffic department. A local locksmith who opened one the two safes whose locks were to be changed found the cash and informed a municipal official who then informed management about the cash found. The cash was neatly wrapped with its daily received cash summary sheets for the seven days.

The Executive Mayor, Aldm Wessie van der Westhuizen in his reaction to the incident issued an instruction that the acting municipal manager must immediately institute an investigation into the matter.

“This encounter affirms Council’s decision to ask for Provincial Intervention into Oudtshoorn Municipality. We’ll leave no stone unturned - responsible official or officials must face the might of law, as we’ll no longer tolerate wasting of the tax payers’ money,” Aldm van der Westhuizen said.

The investigation must also establish the motive behind stashing of this cash. The Municipal internal audit unit, risk management and financial departments have already been drawn into this matter. Officials found to be involved in this incident may according to Aldm van der Westhuizen be suspended while the investigation progresses.

It is still unknown why the cash was not banked and instead kept in a safe for more than a year now. “New strict measures of financial control will be put in place and a possible change of staff will be considered pending the development of the investigation,” van der Westhuizen concluded.