Mayor, deputy out after graft claim
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.