Council accused of tender cover-up
EKURHULENI executive mayor Mondli Gungubele and council speaker Patricia Khumalo are being accused of turning a blind eye to irregular tenders worth nearly R1billion in order to protect Khaya Ngema, the municipal manager.
Sunday World can reveal that Gungubele and Khumalo received a dossier containing allegations that Ngema intended to conceal his role [in] causing the municipality to incur the alleged R819-milion and R108million unlawful expenditures”.
Sunday World understands that of the millions allegedly irregularly approved by Ngema, a massive cut was allocated to a company to supply the municipality with water meters.
The dossier alleges that proper procedures were not followed.
One senior manager in the municipality claimed that Ngema was doing everything possible to deal with anyone looking to expose the corruption”.
The municipal manager has gone out of his way to victimise and suspend those who have made allegations against him. What is sad is that his actions seem to have the blessing of the mayor and the council chairperson,” said the source. Another highly placed source said: The mayor and the council chairperson are doing everything in their power to defend Ngema. The problem they have is that the truth is going to come out at some point and they could well be facing criminal charges for failing to either report the alleged corruption to the police for investigation or, at the very least, institute an internal investigation to test the veracity of the allegations.”
Sunday World can reveal that a senior manager who raised the red flag to Gungubele and Khumalo is now fighting to save his career after Ngema suspended the employee.
The action has instilled fear in municipal staff, with some saying they were afraid they would lose their jobs should they point out irregu- larities.
Our hands are tied. Our lips are sealed. We now have to watch the looting in silence if you want to stay in your job to feed your family,” said a senior manager.
Gungubele and Khumalo are apparently refusing to intervene and have the senior manager reinstated despite complaints that the action was irregular.
The suspension letter reads: The municipality is in receipt of various correspondence you signed and sent to various offices.
In said [sic] correspondence/ documents, you falsely raise allega- tions that can be summarised as meaning that in your view, the municipality is engaged in illegal activities
Despite the allegations being articulated in the document sent to Khumalo and Gungubele in May, Ekurhuleni spokeswoman Mandlakazi Mpahlwa insisted no claims of irregularities were made.
Council has not received such allegations. However, the speaker of council did receive correspondence from a senior manager… relating to the alleged misconduct by the city manager. The senior manager has since been guided on the relevant provisions of the regulations applicable to senior managers the local government: disciplinary regulations for senior managers to process the disclosure in terms thereof.”
Gungubele has been sitting on the allegations for over six months.
An insider said he has no appetite” to investigate Ngema.
We did receive the allegations from one employee and the executive mayor is looking into it,” said Zweli Dlamini, Gungubele’s spokesman.
Sunday World did not receive a response from the municipality or Ngema relating to the allegations against him.
Sunday World can further reveal that Ngema is in contempt of court after refusing to effect a court ruling relating to a R400-million construction contract he withdrew after it was awarded. REGINALD September former trade unionist, MP, executive committee member of the ANC and SACP, and leader of the erstwhile South African Coloured People’s Organisation
died at his home in Cape Town yesterday aged 80.
He was one of the staunchest revolutionaries the country has ever seen, fiercely opposed to racism even from as early as 15 years of age,” said President Jacob Zuma. The country has lost one of its most revered revolutionaries. We would like to convey our deepest condolences to his wife, Hetty, their children and the entire September family.”
September was, with Yusuf Dadoo and Joe Slovo, one of the first non-blacks to be elected to the ANC’s national executive committee, in 1985. Staff Reporter and Sapa A MILITARY vehicle transporting explosives overturned near the Lenasia offramp on the N12 yesterday, Joburg metro police said.
Spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the road was blocked off, and motorists travelling from the western side of Joburg were advised to avoid the N12 east.
There have been no reports of injures or other vehicles involved. The cause of the accident is being investigated,” he added.
Motorists were advised to use alternative routes while the accident scene was being cleared. Sapa