Buthelezi bashes ANC on cor­rup­tion

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - ZIMASA MATIWANE

IFP leader Man­go­suthu Buthelezi has hit back at the ANC in north­ern KwaZulu-Natal, ac­cus­ing them of man­u­fac­tur­ing al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion against one of its may­ors to shield their own cor­rup­tion.

Buthelezi, pic­tured, was speak­ing at a party rally in Glen­coe, where he told sup­port­ers that mil­lions of rand had been spent in Umziny­athi dis­trict mu­nic­i­pal­ity in “dodgy con­tracts” and “fraud­u­lent pro­cure­ment prac­tises”.

The IFP took con­trol of the dis­trict af­ter vic­tory in the Nquthu by-elec­tions in May, giv­ing the IFP con­trol of Umziny­athi dis­trict af­ter five years.

Buthelezi said Umziny­athi dis­trict mayor Pet­ros Ngubane, who was in­au­gu­rated last month, had iden­ti­fied mil­lions of rand of ir­reg­u­lar ex­pen­di­ture.

“Some R3 mil­lion was spent on wa­ter tanks, but there are still com­mu­ni­ties who have no ac­cess to wa­ter. (An­other) R22m was spent on op­er­a­tions and main­te­nance…”

Last week, the ANC tabled a mo­tion of no con­fi­dence against En­du­meni mayor Si­bon­iso Mbatha fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion. He in turn blamed ANC coun­cil­lors for not en­abling the com­mit­tee to ta­ble the re­port.

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