Counter-ac­cu­sa­tions of cor­rup­tion in court as axed ECDC com­mit­tee chair fights for job

Daily Dispatch - - Front Page - By ZWANGA MUKHUTHU

EAST­ERN Cape De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (ECDC) chief ex­ec­u­tive Nd­zon­delelo Dlu­lane is pre­par­ing for a court bat­tle with the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s fired chair­woman of the au­dit risk and com­pli­ance com­mit­tee, Pamela Bos­man. She has told the East London High Court that she was re­moved from her post in Au­gust when she re­fused to rub­ber-stamp ECDC’s waste­ful ex­pen­di­ture of R12-mil­lion.

Bos­man now wants the court to com­pel the ECDC to re­in­state her.

Dlu­lane, in his re­ply to the court, rub­bished Bos­man’s claim, say­ing she was re­moved for giv­ing busi­ness to her boyfriend’s com­pany and fail­ing to dis­close her con­flict of in­ter­est with a com­pany that was awarded a R19.1-mil­lion loan by ECDC.

“The de­ci­sion to re­move me as the chair­per­son of the ARC was not based on my in­abil­ity to act in that po­si­tion, my fail­ure to at­tend to what is nec­es­sary, or a dere­lic­tion of my du­ties. “The only ba­sis for my re­moval is as a re­sult of my un­will­ing­ness to ac­cept an au­dit re­port pre­pared by the au­di­tor-gen­eral which re­port is patently false,” Bos­man said in her court pa­pers.

She said the ir­reg­u­lar ex­pen­di­ture in­cluded pay­ment of a com­pany sec­re­tary who was em­ployed with­out fol­low­ing proper pro­ce­dure and in­di­vid­u­als who were pro­moted to lev­els which re­quired that hu­man re­source re­quire­ments be ful­filled be­fore posts could be filled.

Dlu­lane, how­ever, ar­gued that Bos­man was guilty of con­flict of in­ter­est as she was ro­man­ti­cally in­volved with a man who op­er­ated an elec­tri­cal con­trac­tor and fenc­ing busi­ness that was trad­ing with the ECDC.

Also, Bos­man was the chair­woman of Lumoka, a firm of char­tered ac­coun­tants prac­tic­ing in East London. He said it had emerged ear­lier this year that Lumoka was a sup­plier to an en­gi­neer­ing com­pany that had been granted a R19.1-mil­lion loan by the ECDC.

Bos­man had per­son­ally as­sisted and ad­vised the en­gi­neer­ing firm on its ap­pli­ca­tion, Dlu­lane said.

The par­ties are wait­ing for a court date to ar­gue the mat­ter. —

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