31 May 2013
In light of the announcement by KZN
Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC, Ms Nomsa
Dube, that the Manase Report will be released within a few days,
the IFP eThekwini Caucus Chairperson, Mr Mdu Nkosi, responded as
"We believe that MEC Dube is acting as a
result of legal pressure exerted by the IFP.
In December last year the IFP applied to the High Court
to compel the eThekwini Municipality to release the Manase
Report. We had
initially listed the MEC for Co-operative Governance and
Traditional Affairs as a second respondent, but this was removed
after the MEC's office produced evidence that they had actually
also instructed the Municipality to release the report to
political parties within the Municipality in June last year and
to the public that July", Mr Nkosi said.
Mr Nkosi continued, "This did not happen as
the Report was not released - a clear defiance of the MEC's
instructions. MEC Dube did not publically put pressure on the
eThekwini Municipality to release the report. The Mayor,
Councillor Nxumalo, then publically indicated that the Report
would be released in December 2012.
This did not happen."
"Even though the MEC has a constitutional
right and responsibility to intervene and restore order and
accountability where she deems necessary, it was apparent that
political interests were prioritised over public interest and
accountability", Mr Nkosi stated.
"The IFP had taken the eThekwini Municipality
to court in December 2012 to ensure that the Manase Report is
released. Our legal
representatives had given the eThekwini Municipality until 31st
May 2013 to release the Report or alternatively present their
case in court, where we have set down application to compel for
18th June 2013," Mr Nkosi said.
"eThekwini ratepayers and the public have
waited years for the Manase Report to be released.
It has occupied much Council and public debate from the
IFP and other opposition parties and even an application to
Court by the IFP to try convince the eThekwini Municipality to
release the Manase Report.
Even now, we do not trust this announcement, as each time
an announcement has been made it was not fulfilled," Mr Nkosi
"We will not allow the eThekwini Municipality
to fail ratepayers. They must be accountable and transparent.
Ratepayers have a right to information.
We will do all it takes to ensure that the rights of
ratepayers are upheld.
The IFP will be monitoring the situation and
if and when the Manase Report is released, will ensure that any
corruption is dealt with legally.
We will also make sure that nothing is left out from the
original Report and if anything is missing we will proceed with
the matter in Court.
We are doing this to fulfil our fiduciary duties and
responsibilities with public funds.
We will fight the eThekwini Municipality to
the highest Court in the Country if need be," Mr Nkosi
For further information contact:
Mr Mdu Nkosi
IFP ETHEKWINI CAUCUS CHAIRPERSON
076 133 1382