Coun­cil ac­cused of ten­der cover-up

Sunday World - - News - NKU­L­ULEKO NCANA

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

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