MEC for COGTA Must Probe Umkhanyakude District Tenders

5th August 2014.



The IFP in KwaZulu Natal Legislature calls on the MEC of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube to urgently investigate the alleged "irregular awarding of tenders to some companies owned by ANC leaders as some have failed to render services" which has resulted in scores of Mkhanyakude households still having no access to clean water.


"We want to see urgent action being taken by the MEC; failure to do so will compel us as the IFP to approach the Public Protector to investigate this matter in the interest of clean governance. If the MEC is also concerned about corruption taking place in uMkhanyakude she must act without any further delay.


This needs to be investigated, as the municipality cannot dictate which company should or should not be awarded tenders - which in itself could constitute a violation of the Public Finance Management Act. Furthermore, companies who were awarded tenders to supply water pipes must be investigated as water pipes worth R15 million were found dumped at the eMakhonyeni area in Ward 5. This is abuse of public funds and wasteful expenditure," said IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature, Mr Blessed Gwala.


"It must also be investigated whether tender processes were followed in the awarding of a tender to supply water in uMkhanyakude which was awarded to construction companies, Somkhanda Construction, Nelborn Construction and Manukuza Construction," continued Mr Gwala.


"It is clear that the irregularities in the awarding of tenders has compromised water supply in the area. It is clear that corruption has gone too far in this province especially with irregular awarding of tenders," said Mr Gwala.


"The IFP calls on the Mayor of uMkhanyakude District, Jeff Vilane, to immediately resign from his position and anyone involved in corruption must be brought to book. In addition, all politicians whose companies have benefited in the awarding of tenders must be named and shamed," concluded Mr Gwala.



Issued by:

Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP Leader in KZN Legislature, 078 290 5842


For Media Enquiries: 

Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP KZN Legislature Media Liaison Officer, 073 024 5675