Corruption Claims in Harry Gwala District Must Be Investigated

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.



Issued by:

IFP Spokesperson on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs,

Mr Peter Smith MP, 083 299 9687


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IFP Parliamentary Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675