The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) has welcomed an investigation into Umgeni Water, saying those implicated in financial abuse should "pay back the money".
Last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa said that the Umgeni Water board would be investigated for possible "unauthorised, irregular, fruitless or wasteful expenditure" pertaining to various matters.
OUTA's water and environment spokesperson Yamkela Ntola on Wednesday said its primary gripe with the KwaZulu-Natal bulk water supplier was an unauthorised trip to Las Vegas taken by its interim board.
He said the interim board's main task was to "devise a turnaround strategy to address the current governance, oversight and accountability challenges at Umgeni"
"In our opinion, in light of the financial challenges in SA's water sector and considering the task allocated to the board, the trip amounts to fruitless and wasteful expenditure. OUTA believes that the implicated board members should be held personally accountable and must pay back the money."
Ntola said OUTA was also concerned with the alleged unlawful appointment of Umgeni Water’s acting chief executive Thamsanqa Hlongwa by former water minister Nomvula Mokonyane.
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