SCOPA Still Needs to Address Zululand Municipality Irregularities

11 July 2014.


The IFP is highly perturbed that it did not get relevant answers from the Chairperson of the KZN Legislature's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA), Maggie Govender regarding the IFPs stance that NFP leader, Mrs kaMagwaza-Msibi should appear before SCOPA to explain expenditures during her tenure as Zululand District Municipality Mayor. Instead ANC officials responded.


"Officials in the ANC KwaZulu-Natal Caucus are not spokespersons for SCOPA, therefore why are they answering on behalf of it? They have not been elected as Chairperson of SCOPA and they have not even been elected as MPL's. We demand answers from the Chairperson of SCOPA, not from ANC officials," said IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature, Mr Blessed Gwala.


"For the record, lets remember that it was SCOPA, after all, who instructed KaMagwaza-Msibi to appear before the committee to investigate the matter, but only junior officials were sent.  Why has SCOPA shifted from its position?" asked Mr Gwala.


"We reiterate our call to the Chairperson of SCOPA to finalise a date with the NFP leader as a matter of urgency or, failing that, to formally summons her to appear before the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature regarding irregular expenditure of funds at Zululand District Municipality," continued Mr Gwala.


The IFP will keep applying pressure on the Chairperson of SCOPA to ensure that all irregular expenditures are dealt with in a non-partisan manner, Mr Gwala concluded.


Issued by:

Mr Blessed Gwala, Leader of the IFP, KZN Legislature, 078 290 5842


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