By: Mbongeleni Joshua Mazibuko
IFP Deputy National Spokesperson
Tuesday, 01 October 2013: IFP Head
Ladies and gentlemen of the media; may I begin
by thanking you very much, on behalf of the IFP, for responding
positively to our invitation to this news conference.
We have convened this news conference because
we are mindful of the responsibility which history has placed on
our shoulders as the IFP, to act as watchdogs on behalf of all
South Africans and future generations.
It is in response to this unshakable
responsibility that we have invited you so that we report to you
and the whole country that we have very disturbing reports which
– if they are true - point to the fact that there is a deep rot
in our Province. These reports implicate 5 Municipalities and
they are as follows:
1. UMKHANYAKUDE MUNICIPALITY: Reports indicate
a) This Municipality’s Municipal Manager, Mr
PS Gwacela, who is reported to have been relieved of his duties,
spent about R7,9m purchasing 7 Water Tankers; yet these tankers
have never been used. He spent R70 000 in registration fees and
R30 000 for number plates, despite that the convention is that
the registration and purchase of number plates becomes the
responsibility of the service provider. We gather that the
trucks have now been towed back to Tata Richards Bay
One other very serious allegation is that “the
service providers of water tankers are being paid by the
municipality in collusion with some staff members within the
municipality for services that they have never performed.”
b) The ex-Municipal Manager (Gwacela)
authorised upfront payments to a company which was supposed to
supply the water pipes. He did this despite that the MFMA does
not allow this. When asked why he went against the MFMA he cited
pressure from some councillors. However, the councillors denied
any knowledge of that transaction.
c) A number of other companies were paid in
advance, and no written contracts were entered into with them.
d) A certain Mr Zenzo Masuku’s Consulting firm
– Bonakude Consulting – was appointed without competitive
bidding and the Municipality ended up double-paying Masuku as
the Chief Financial Officer and for consulting services. It is
further alleged that Masuku is still with the Municipality
despite the new Chief Financial Officer having been appointed.
Further, it is alleged that Masuku has worked
in the following Municipalities, all of which have allegedly
experienced financial mismanagement during his tenure:
- Nkandla, uMhlabuyalingana, Big Five False
Bay, Abaqulusi and Zululand District
Another consulting company called Minathlou Consulting was
appointed without competitive bidding
f) On top of all these allegations is the
Final Management Report of the Auditor-General dated 30 June
2012 which lists 11 “contracts (which) were awarded without
following the competitive bidding process.”
g) This Municipality is also shown to have
failed to spend the totality of the Municipal Infrastructure
Grant which was earmarked for tackling the water shortage
problem in that district. They now run the risk of forfeiting
about R120m of MIG Fund. This, despite the fact that multitudes
of the residents of the district do not have access
to clean water.
We are informed that these issues were reported to
2. ETHEKWINI MUNICIPALITY: our information
There is a company known as Enforce Guarding
(PTY) LTD which was awarded a contract by eThekwini Municipality
without proper processes having been followed. This company is
also alleged to be owned by COGTA MEC’s fiancé.
3. MANDENI MUNICIPALITY: our information
In 2009, Mandeni Municipality did not renew
the contract of Globe Tech Security Company and instead brought
in Enforce Security Company. What made that move suspicious was
that, whereas Globe Tech Security Company was paid R60 000 per month, Enforce Security Company’s
payment was about 4 times more – about R260 000 per month; this
despite that the new company is alleged not to have had enough
necessary resources to execute its mandate.
This security company is alleged to be the
same company which was awarded a contract by eThekwini
4. ZULULAND MUNICIPALITY: our information
On two occasions, Globe Tech Security Company
won a tender process to provide security services in the
Zululand District Municipality and on both occasions the Mayor,
HW Mrs VZ KaMagwaza Msibi overturned the due process and she
insisted that she wanted a company called ZKZ Security, owned by
Inkosi Zungu to be awarded that tender.
In fact the same fate befell Globe Tech
Security when the NFP took over Ntambanana Municipality
Call for Public Protector’s Intervention.
you can see ladies and gentlemen, these are serious allegations.
We do not know if they are true or not; and we do not in any way
wish to apportion blame to anyone. But if they are true, they
are a serious indictment, not only against the political
leadership of all the cited Municipalities, but also against the
We therefore believe that it is imperative
that they are thoroughly probed so that the truth will come out.
It is the IFP’s view that – regardless of any other investigation
that may be going on, if any – the Office of the Public
Protector must come in urgently to investigate these allegations
so that the people of KwaZulu-Natal will know the truth.
It is against this background the IFP has
written to the Public Protector and forwarded the documents in
our possession as well as any other relevant information so that
her Office will take the matter forward.
We promise to keep you abreast of
For Further Information:
M. Joshua Mazibuko
IFP Deputy National Spokesperson
083 992 6135