9th September 2014.
The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal Legislature calls for
a full and independent investigation into alleged claims of
corruption at the uMzinyathi District Municipality and it
further calls for the establishment of an Independent Agency
which can investigate and take action against corrupt officials.
"The MEC for Cooperative Governance and
Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, must appoint an
investigation team to look into fraud, corruption and
malpractices in uMzinyathi District Municipality. She must
investigate procurement policy irregularities, irregular
appointments of service providers and payments in relation to
the hiring of seventeen buses during an event to welcome the
Mayor, who has joined an organisation called iSikebhe. The
investigation should also be extended to the general financial
state of the municipality," said IFP Leader in the KwaZulu-Natal
Legislature, Mr Blessed Gwala.
"The sudden resignation of Mr Sabatha Shongwe,
the Chief Financial Officer in the municipality following
corruption allegations levelled against him in his "personal
capacity", of running away with the municipal laptop which is
alleged to be containing all the evidence of corruption, is cause
for serious concern and calls for investigation. We further
demand that the Municipal Manager is held accountable for the
goings on at the municipality. The Hawks must also be involved
in the investigation," continued Mr Gwala.
"uMzinyathi District Municipality is a public
institution that is surviving on public money, so something
should be done to root out this sickness of corruption once and
for all. The lack of skills and dearth of competent senior
managers in all structures of government has reached critical
levels and is recognised as one of the underlying causes of
municipalities being dysfunctional," added Mr Gwala.
"The IFP will continue in its efforts to
ensure that South Africans receive the answers they deserve. We
will be everywhere and every corner to deal with clandestine
activities that are intended to take our province backwards, and
encourage the communities to speak out. Corrupt people who have
been found guilty must be blacklisted and offenders must be
prosecuted," concluded Mr. Gwala.
Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP Leader in KZN
Legislature, 078 290 5842
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