MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


Public Protector Must Investigate Abuse of Funds
in Ingwe Local Municipality

18th September 2014.

  

The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal calls on the Public Protector to investigate alleged abuse of funds by the Ingwe Local Municipal Mayor, Nomagugu Luzulane. The investigation must be extended to include the general financial state of the municipality.

 

"It is alleged that the mayor used R50 000 as a donation for the funeral of her boyfriend's brother under the guise of an Operation Mbo event which was scheduled to take place in Ward 6 in Sandanezwe, but the money ended up being used to cover the funeral costs. This “donation” must be investigated and should this turn out to be true, the mayor must be arrested and prosecuted.

 

The municipal mayor cannot be allowed to utilise the public purse as her personal piggy bank while the people of the area are in desperate need of services such as water and proper sanitation. The mayor clearly needs to adjust her priorities when it comes to spending tax payers' money," said IFP Leader in KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, Mr Blessed Gwala, MPL.

 

"The mayor was not authorised to donate funds towards the funeral so this must be viewed as fruitless and unauthorised expenditure. If it is found to be unauthorised expenditure the mayor, the municipal manager and the Chief Financial Officer must be held accountable and pay back the money," continued Mr Gwala.

 

"The ANC deployed mayor, Nomagugu Luzulane must take full responsibility for her behaviour. Nothing short of replacing the mayor would be sufficient. This wasteful expenditure is inexcusable and all these matters point once again to an ANC government that simply refuses to make expenditure on service delivery a priority," concluded Mr Gwala.

 

The IFP further calls on the MEC of Cogta, Nomusa-Dube Ncube to investigate this matter and make known the findings.

 

 

Issued by:

Mr Blessed Gwala, MPL, IFP Leader in the KwaZulu Natal Legislature,  078 290 5842

 

For Media Queries:

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