Mayor welcomes Cogta investigation
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