Mandeni municipality a mess – MEC must investigate

George Mari, MPP

DA KZN Spokesperson on COGTA

The Democratic Alliance has written to KZN COGTA MEC, Nomusa Dube, requesting that she urgently investigate claims of financial mismanagement, nepotism, improper tender procedures and tender collusion amongst others within Mandeni municipality.

The DA has learned from a reliable source that the municipality is riddled with corruption.  Many of the problems appear to stem from the appointment of municipal manager, Sphesihle Zulu – who has held the position for a year – after he was sacked from uMzimkhulu municipality.  According to our source, the MM is aware of the transgressions, yet has failed to act.

Some of the claims made include;

–          The transfer of a large sum of municipal funds “by mistake”, with the monies not being recovered and no staff member disciplined

–          The purchase of a Golf 6GTI for the Mayor with funds set aside to pay bodyguards

–          Mayoral bodyguards not being trained to handle firearms

–          Theft and electronic transfer of R180 000 by a staff member with no action taken

–          The appointment of family members to divisions within the municipality

–          The appointment of companies without following proper procedure

–          The allegedly dodgy appointment of legal services for the municipality

–          Abuse of ratepayers’ funds for burial costs without council resolution

–          The appointment of general assistants without adverts being placed

–          Councillors using municipal vehicles while receiving car allowances

–          The theft of disaster food parcels/blankets by a municipal employee

–          Unauthorised salary increases for interns

These problems are certainly not isolated – many of KwaZulu-Natal’s municipalities have similar issues.  Indeed this goes a long way to explaining the dismal audit performances of so many municipalities within the province.

The list of serious allegations in Mandeni is endless and the MEC will certainly have her work cut out. The DA expects her to act swiftly and send in a task team from COGTA and the provincial treasury so that these claims can be investigated and feedback given to the provincial portfolio committee.

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