Cor­rup­tion probe for KZN mu­nic­i­pal­ity

Pretoria News Weekend - - NATION - African News Agency

PRES­I­DENT Cyril Ramaphosa has or­dered the Spe­cial In­ves­tiga­tive Unit (SIU) to probe al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion, mal­ad­min­is­tra­tion and un­law­ful con­duct by em­ploy­ees at the em­bat­tled En­du­meni Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity in Dundee.

On Wed­nes­day, Kwazulu-na­tal MEC for co-op­er­a­tive gov­er­nance and tra­di­tional af­fairs, No­musa Dube-ncube placed the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, part of umziny­athi Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, un­der ad­min­is­tra­tion fol­low­ing months of “in­fight­ing and paral­y­sis”, and only re­cently ap­pointed a mayor and a speaker.

In Oc­to­ber, Dube-ncube tabled a foren­sic re­port that un­cov­ered ram­pant cor­rup­tion at the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, in­clud­ing pay­ments made to in­di­vid­u­als on the pre­text they were do­na­tions to reli­gious or­gan­i­sa­tions... that did not ex­ist.

Af­ter Dube-ncube gave the coun­cil 21 days to process the foren­sic re­port and ad­vise her on re­me­dial ac­tion, the re­port went miss­ing and she had to sup­ply the mu­nic­i­pal­ity with an­other copy.

Ex-en­du­meni mayor Si­bon­iso Mbatha was ar­rested in May for al­legedly plot­ting to kill the for­mer speaker of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, Bongiwe Mbatha-makhathini, over a ten­der.

Ramaphosa told the SIU to take ac­tion at the mu­nic­i­pal­ity in a Govern­ment Gazette is­sued on Fri­day. |

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