Corruption probe for KZN municipality
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. |