George Mari, MPL
DA KZN Spokesperson on COGTA
The DA in KwaZulu-Natal welcomes the suspension of Mtubatuba municipal manager, Siyabonga Ntuli, pending the outcome of a formal enquiry following allegations of misconduct relating to the awarding of tenders.
Tender fraud is rife in KZN. A recent parliamentary reply to the DA from KZN COGTA MEC, Nomusa Dube-Ncube revealed that there were at least 279 cases of deviation from Supply Chain Management (SCM) procedures within provincial municipalities during the 2012/2013 financial year, totalling a massive R87million.
The effects of such financial mismanagement are devastating, particularly when it comes to service delivery.
A further reply from the MEC in July also shows that Ntuli is one of five municipal mangers earning an average annual income of R900 000 despite their municipalities being under provincial administration for ongoing poor performance. That he continues to be paid in full while suspended is very good reason to fast-track the enquiry.
The DA expects the MEC to do everything in her power to ensure that this enquiry takes place without delay and that, in the event that any wrongdoing is found, she sends out a very clear message that such behaviour will not be tolerated.
We are committed to monitoring this matter in the interests of the people of KZN.