A whistleblower reported irregularities at the Knysna Vehicle Testing Station in January 2013. The station was closed in February 2013. 4 staff were placed under investigation, including the manager. They have been paid their salaries since their suspension a year ago.
Lauren Waring, Knysna’s Municipal Manager, originally lied, saying that the vehicle testing station was temporarily closed to review and upgrade its systems.
ENS was appointed as an outside company to investigate as Municipal Manager Lauren Waring claimed that Knysna Municipality does not have the expertise required. ENS is currently embroiled in a scandal in the Durban High Court. ENS recommended the station be closed.
ENS charged R670 000 for their services. An employee of ENS started his own company, Horizon Forensics, which the Municipality then hired to continue the investigation. Lauren Waring said that it was because the were cheaper and would save time. So far, that cost is R785 000.
Adding salaries, this maladministration or crime at the Knysna Vehicle Testing Station has cost the ratepayer over R2milllion rand so far… and that’s before legal costs and the man hours that it will take to fix the situation that finds vehicles incorrectly given roadworthy certificates. Expect the cost to balloon.
The Knysna Municipality needs to provide the total cost to the taxpayer and Lauren Waring needs to be held accountable for lying to the public. She must validate the high forensic costs and prove that tender rules were followed with the appointment of Horizon Forensics. Who is the ENS employee who started this company?
PS: This blog has been sent as an email to the DA’s Ray Barrell who is the Chairman of the Corporate Governance & Economic Development Committee. It has been CCied to the opposition for check and balance.