DA tackles KZN MEC over allegations of “Manase- style” cover-up in uThukela

George Mari, MPP

DA KZN Spokesperson on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA)

THE Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal has called for answers from provincial COGTA MEC, Nomusa Dube, following claims that the ANC-led uThukela District Municipality is deliberately withholding the release of a forensic audit into the municipality’s affairs, allegedly withdrawing the audit results from a council meeting.

The DA regards the claims as serious and we expect the MEC to establish whether this is indeed the case. If founded, the MEC cannot afford to ignore this. They are reminiscent of a similar situation – that of eThekwini municipality – where the full contents of the Manase forensic audit remain hidden from public view, almost a year after the review was completed.

Denying access to documents that are in the public interest must not be allowed to become a trend within KZN municipalities. In addition, the role of oversight by opposition parties must not be thwarted in this manner.

In the interim, we have submitted a parliamentary question to the MEC. We want to know;

– Whether the MEC commissioned the Uthukela forensic investigation and when? – Who conducted the Investigation? – What is the total cost of the Investigation? – What were the findings of the report? – Were any councillors or officials implicated in any way in either the investigation or the report? If yes, who are they?

We expect clarification from the MEC and we expect her to treat this issue with the gravity it deserves.

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