Cogta con­fi­dent on­go­ing probe will sort out mess at Msun­duzi

The Witness - - NEWS - NOKUTHULA NTULI • nokuthula.ntuli@wit­ness.co.za

THE­Depart­ment­of­Co-op­er­a­tive­Gov­er­nance­and­Tra­di­tional­Af­fairs­(Cogta)is­con­fi­dent­that­the­foren­sic­in­ves­ti­ga­tion­at­Msun­duzi­will­get­to­the­bot­to­mof­the­al­le­ga­tions­made­about­the­municipality.

Speak­ing­ to­ The Wit­ness­ yes­ter­day,Cogta­ spokesper­son­ Len­nox­ Maba­so­said­the­pro­vin­cial­depart­ment­launchedthe­ in­ves­ti­ga­tion­ be­fore­ nine­ se­nior­man­agers­wrote­to­the­na­tional­and­pro­vin­cial­Cogta­and­fi­nance­min­istries­ask­ing­for­their­in­ter­ven­tion­in­Msun­duzi.

“The­ foren­sic­ in­ves­ti­ga­tion­ is­ nearcom­ple­tion.­It­is­look­ing­into­sev­eral­is­suesin­clud­ing­ gov­er­nance­ and­ other­ mat­ters­re­lated­to­the­man­age­ment­ofthe­municipality,”­he­said.

He­ said­ af­ter­ re­ceiv­ing­ the­ pe­ti­tion­from­the­man­agers,­MEC­No­musa­Dube-Ncube­had­tasked­a­team­to­look­in­totheir­con­cerns,­in­case­some­of­the­is­sues­raised­do­not­form­part­of­the­scope­ofthe­on­go­ing­in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The­man­agers­had­al­leged­that­“ad­min­is­tra­tive­malfea­sance”­ is­ rife­ in­M­sun­duzi.­They­said­the­coun­cil­has­not­taken­their­warn­ings­about­the­state­ofaf­fairs­se­ri­ously­nor­treated­them­with­the­ur­gency­they­de­serve.

Mabaso­said­Dube-Ncube­has­also­en­gaged­Pre­mier­Wil­lies­Mchunu,­may­orThemba­Njilo,­his­deputy­Thobani­Zu­maand­the­speaker­Jabu­Ngubo­on­the­al­le­ga­tions­raised­by­the­man­agers.­He­said­ the­mat­ter­is­cur­rently­sub­ject­to­on­goin­gen­gage­ments­ be­tween­ provin­cialCogta­and­Trea­sury­to­as­cer­tain­the­ap­pro­pri­ate­course­of­ac­tion­while­the­foren­sic­in­ves­ti­ga­tion­is­still­un­der­way.

“The­is­sues­raised­by­any­of­the­stake­hold­ers­have­not­been­taken­for­grantedas­some­have­sug­gested.­The­MEC­hasalso­never­been­shy­in­re­spond­ing­to­is­sues­in­Msun­duzi,­at­one­point­she­even­placed­the­same­municipality­un­der­ad­min­is­tra­tion,”­said­Mabaso.

He­ ap­pealed­ for­ the­ res­i­dents­ ofM­sudunzi­to­bear­with­the­de­part­men­tun­til­the­in­ves­ti­ga­tion­is­con­cluded,­say­ing­the­re­port­will­be­pre­sented­be­fore­coun­cil,­which­is­a­pub­lic­plat­form.

Mean­while,­IFP­MPL­Phumzile­Buthelezi­has­called­for­a­skills­au­dit­to­be­con­ducted­at­Msun­duzi­to­see­if­of­fi­cial­squal­ify­for­the­po­si­tions­they­hold.­This­comes­af­ter­me­dia­re­ports­that­a­se­nio­rof­fi­cial,­sus­pected­to­be­the­City­man­agerSizwe­ Hadebe,­ has­ al­legedly­ been­caught­on­an­au­dio­record­ing­giv­ing­in­struc­tion­to­his­sub­or­di­nate­to­ma­nip­u­late­job­in­ter­view­scores­in­favour­of­apartic­u­lar­job­can­di­date.

“The­IFP­strongly­be­lieves­that­a­skill­sau­dit­must­be­con­ducted­in­or­der­to­rootout­of­fi­cials­who­are­hold­ing­back­this­mu­nic­i­pal­ity­from­pro­vid­ing­ser­vices­tothe­peo­ple.­The­Msun­duzi­Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ty­has­been­re­ported­as­the­most­dys­func­tional­municipality­in­the­province.

“The­IFP­calls­for­an­end­to­nepo­tism,abuse­of­pub­lic­power­and­ne­glect­of­ruleof­law.­Ev­ery­ef­fort­must­be­made­to­en­sure­that­the­ap­point­ment­and­pro­mo­tion­pro­cesses­are­open,­trans­par­ent­andim­par­tial.­Where­al­le­ga­tions­are­foundto­be­true,­timely­and­ap­pro­pri­ate­ac­tion­must­be­taken­by­top­lead­er­ship­to­rec­ti­fythe­sit­u­a­tion,”­she­said.

Msun­duzi­ spokesper­son­ ThobekaMa­fum­batha­said­the­City’s­hu­man­re­sources­has­a­turn­around­strat­egy­thatwill­ex­am­ine­of­fi­cials’­job­de­scrip­tion­sand­com­pare­them­with­their­qual­i­fi­ca­tions­as­well­the­out­puts­and­com­pe­ten­cyre­quire­ments­ of­ all­ po­si­tions­ in­ the­o­rganogram.

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