IFP Calls for Independent Investigation Into
Corruption At uMzinyathi Municipality

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.



Issued by:

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


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