Mayor, deputy out af­ter graft claim

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - LEILA SAMODIEN

TWO AD­MIN­IS­TRA­TIVE of­fi­cials at the Stel­len­bosch Mu­nic­i­pal­ity have been sus­pended in the wake of ex­plo­sive cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions.

Last week it emerged that mayor Pa­trick Swartz, deputy mayor Cameron Mcako and sev­eral other of­fi­cials had been ac­cused of cor­rup­tion.

Kayam­nandi busi­ness­man Thomas Mpela al­leged he had been per­suaded to pay a bribe for a construction ten­der. The ten­der, how­ever, had never ma­te­ri­alised and Mpela laid a charge of cor­rup­tion against Mcako.

This week, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity de­scended into chaos when Mcako was “re­called” from his po­si­tion by the ANC. The party could not take action against Swartz, as he is a mem­ber of the ANC’s coali­tion part­ner, the Kayam­nandi Com­mu­nity Al­liance (KCA). Four mu­nic­i­pal direc­tors re­signed – one of them be­ing cor­po­rate ser­vices di­rec­tor Mor­riat Mfeketo, the brother of ANC na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber No­main­dia Mfeketo, a for­mer mayor of Cape Town.

In the min­utes of a meet­ing, in which Mpela out­lined his case to coun­cil Speaker Gor­don Pheiffer, Mfeketo was im­pli­cated in the scan­dal.

Mfeketo could not be reached for com­ment.

Of his “re­call”, Mcako told Week­end Ar­gus that he “re­spects the de­ci­sion of the ANC and will fol­low its or­ders”.

In the mean­time, the ANC West­ern Cape pro­vin­cial task team has called for the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to open it­self to an in­de­pen­dent foren­sic au­dit.

It was re­ported that the au­dit would be con­ducted by the na­tional Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Depart­ment.

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