Is the MEC Protecting Her Sweetheart From Allegations of Corruption?

03 December 2014. 

The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal is perplexed by the actions of the MEC of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, who seems to be protecting her sweetheart by using administrative delaying tactics in not releasing a report about corruption involving the irregular awarding of tenders in the uMkhanyakude District Municipality and Mandeni Municipality. 

"We see this as a delaying tactic by the MEC to possibly protect the image of her husband as it was reported that companies owned by him had allegedly benefited from the irregular awarding of tenders. The MEC must lead by example if she is serious about eradicating corruption in the awarding of tenders at local government level. Personal relationships must not interfere in the performance of government duties. If her husband is implicated in any unlawful activity she must allow the law to take its course, without fear or favour," said IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature, Mr Blessed Gwala, MPL. 

"Our concern is further highlighted by the fact that, to date, the MEC has not launched an investigation into allegations that the Mayor of Ingwe Municipality was involved in utilising municipal funds as a donation towards the funeral of the brother of her boyfriend. Also in uMzinyathi it is alleged that municipal funds were used during the welcoming event of the Mayor who had joined Isikebhe.

There are many such allegations and the MEC is moving very slowly in investigating these incidents, whilst corruption and maladministration at local government level, remain at unprecedented levels. Is the MEC protecting certain individuals for personal reasons or political allegiance? These questions must be asked and further investigated" continued Mr Gwala. 

"The office of the MEC is dogged by ineptitude and incompetence. The MEC has failed dismally to root out corruption in local government. Why is the ruling party allowing this? Why are corrupt officials being protected?" concluded Mr Gwala. 

The IFP demands that the MEC immediately release the report involving corruption and the irregular awarding of tenders in the uMkhanyakude District Municipality. 


Issued by:
Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature, 078 290 5842 

For Media Queries:
Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP KZN Legislature Media Officer, 073 024 5675