Mayor wel­comes Cogta in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Zululand Observer - Monday - - NEWS - Muzi Zin­c­ume

ZULULAND Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Mayor Thu­la­sizwe Buthelezi has wel­comed an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into mal­ad­min­is­tra­tion, fraud and cor­rup­tion at the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, launched by the KZN Depart­ment of Co­op­er­a­tive and Tra­di­tional Af­fairs (Cogta).

Buthelezi said the mu­nic­i­pal­ity has been call­ing for such an in­ves­ti­ga­tion as they in­her­ited a R33-mil­lion deficit when they took over from the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion in Au­gust 2016.

‘This deficit was a re­sult of the pre­vi­ous coali­tion gov­ern­ment which man­aged the dis­trict mu­nic­i­pal­ity from 2011 to 2016.

‘I need to point out though that we have not re­ceived Cogta’s re­port re­lat­ing to the pre­vi­ous in­ves­ti­ga­tion cov­er­ing that pe­riod.

‘But we wel­come the sec­ond in­ves­ti­ga­tion. We await the terms of ref­er­ence, but are proud that we have man­aged to turn around a dys­func­tional and bank­rupt mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

‘We will con­tinue to cut down ex­pen­di­ture on non-core items such as the hir­ing of wa­ter tankers, and will in­crease our ca­pac­ity to col­lect rev­enue through our tar­geted strate­gies,’ he said.

Zululand Dis­trict Mayor Thu­la­sizwe Buthelezi is un­fazed by the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of his mu­nic­i­pal­ity

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