MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


Investigation to the Payment of Benefits to the Fired Municipal Manager Must Be Instituted

04 July 2013    

  

The IFP calls on the MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs in the Eastern Cape to urgently investigate the continuous payment of benefits to the Mbizana municipal manager who was fired two months ago.

 

IFP Spokesperson on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Mr Peter Smith, MP, questioned how municipal manager Simphiwe Thobela, who was fired in April, “subsequently benefited through the council booking him flights to Johannesburg and Durban, accommodation for five days and car hire costing R17 313, some of which appears to have been to attend ANC party functions.”

 

“An investigation is imperative and if this confirms the irregularity, the IFP demands that charges of fraud and theft be laid against the recipient and official/s facilitating the exercise,” said Smith.

 

He stated that the episode appeared to be, “a scandalous misuse of taxpayers' money and an outrageous abuse of power.” Municipalities needed to be "centres of excellence", rather than havens for fraud and corruption. Residents under Mbizana Municipality are in need of service delivery, he said. “The proof is that more than R39 million meant for the electrification project for villages in Bizana was misappropriated through fraudulent tender systems.”

 

 

Issued by:

IFP Spokesperson on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs,

Mr Peter Smith MP, 083 299 9687

 

Or contact 

IFP Parliamentary Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675