05 August July 2013
In addition to the call it made last week for
the ANC's eThekwini Councillor Nigel Gumede to step down from
the Council in the light of the Manase Report's findings, the
IFP has again made a similar call to eThekwini Mayor James
Nxumalo. The party said this in a statement issued reacting to
the Sunday Tribune report which stated that Mayor Nxumalo knew
about the illegal sale of RDP houses as far back as 2008.
The Sunday paper reported that according to a
whistle-blower, who is named in the Manase Report, they
confronted Nxumalo who was then Speaker of eThekwini
Municipality about the illegal sale of RDP hoses at Cato Manor,
Mayville and Ridge View but Nxumalo did nothing about that
In last week's release, IFP's Deputy National
Spokesperson Joshua Mazibuko had issued a call for Gumede to
step down from the Council on the basis that, according to media
reports, "seven eThekwini councillors and several housing
officials sold free RDP houses in Cato Manor to desperate
home-seekers for between R1000 and R20000." Mazibuko stated
that, when the IFP leaders publicly made this claim after their
visit to Welberdacht East and Cato Manor, where they had been
told by some residents about this fraudulent activity, Gumede
thereafter went public to justify the sale of RDP houses.
Mazibuko argued that since the Manase Report had vindicated them
that such an activity was illegal, Gumede must step down for
having defended a fraudulent activity.
In today's statement Mazibuko went on to argue
that Nxumalo too must step down from the Council because the
Report indicates that he kept silent and did nothing to ensure
that those who engaged in robbery were brought to book.
"Today's revelations that even Mayor James
Nxumalo knew and did nothing about these illegal activities
where some ANC Councillors were engaged in day-light robbery by
selling RDP houses meant for the poor, indicate once again the
depth of the rot that is ravaging the ANC. Mayor Nxumalo cannot
continue in his position as though nothing is wrong. He too,
like Councillor Nigel Gumede, must step down from the Council,"
"If the two leaders see no reason to step down
on their own, the ANC must recall them, if it still has some
semblance of integrity. Any self-respecting organisation cannot
allow leaders implicated in such activities to continue in their
positions," he concluded.
For Further Information:
M. Joshua Mazibuko
IFP Deputy National Spokesperson: 083 992 6135