DA WANT ANSWERS OVER CONTRACT AWARDED TO KZN SCHOOL PUPIL

GEORGE MARI, MPP

DA KZN SPOKESPERSON ON CO-OPERATIVE GOVERNANCE

THE Democratic Alliance will today submit written parliamentary questions to KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance MEC, Nomusa Dube, in a bid to gain clarity following media reports that an 18-year-old pupil – the younger brother of Ubuhlebezwe municipality Mayor, Zamokwakhe David Nxumalo – was awarded a municipal tender for almost R800 000.

The contract, to build a gravel road in a southern KZN town, was awarded to ZDN Trading, which allegedly belongs to the Mayor. At the time the contract was awarded, Nxumalo, who is also the former Treasurer of the ANC in the Harry Gwala region (Sisonke), was a municipal councillor, which falls under the Sisonke district municipality. According to reports, he resigned as director of ZDN Trading in 2009, handing over to his brother, Gilbert Nxumalo. However, questions remain over his continued involvement in the business, which is now being run by his 18-year-old brother, Bheka Nxumalo with claims that he continued to represent the company at meetings involving the district municipality and also signed a tender register on behalf of the company.

Tender fraud has become endemic within KwaZulu-Natal municipalities and MEC Dube must take real action to arrest this practice. The DA calls on the MEC to immediately intervene and conduct a full investigation into the awarding of this tender and the role of the mayor and his brothers in the entire process. The DA also expects the MEC to include senior municipal officials as part of this probe. Promises by provincial government, that it is committed to ensuring that every cent of taxpayers’ money is well spent to ensure value for money, will come to nothing should the MEC fail to act decisively.

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