07 April 2014.
The IFP calls on the office of the Public
Protector to urgently investigate alleged wide-ranging
corruption by some of the Harry Gwala District Municipality
councillors, along with local ANC and municipal leaders, who are
accused of using municipal cash to buy themselves property.
"These claims were raised with ANC provincial
leadership by the Speaker, Mandla Ngcobo. He also claimed that
regional officials of the ANC are allocating municipal tenders.
This is unacceptable, it must be investigated," said IFP
spokesperson on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs,
Mr Peter Smith.
Smith added that "The IFP is also concerned
about the irregular expenditure by the municipality while
communities have no basic services. Recently, Ofafa residents
staged a protest complaining about not having had electricity in
the past 20 years of democracy, and threatening not to vote in
the upcoming elections"
The IFP calls on the MEC for Co-operative
Governance and Traditional Affairs and the ANC provincial
chairperson, Senzo Mchunu, to also launch their own investigation
into this matter.
"We further call on the MEC to immediately
release the forensic report into the massive overpayment of a
manager hired to oversee the R215-million integration of
Umzimkhulu into KwaZulu-Natal," concluded Smith.
IFP Spokesperson on Co-operative
Governance and Traditional Affairs,
Mr Peter Smith MP, 083 299
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