DA seeks probe into KZN ‘cash for seats’ scandal

2011-06-10 11:04

The DA has called on the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for co-operative governance to investigate allegations that the former deputy mayor of eThekwini Municipality, Logie Naidoo, paid for his speaker’s position.

“We call on MEC Nomusa Dube to immediately launch an investigation into the alleged ‘cash for seats’ scandal that has engulfed the eThekwini Municipality,” said Democratic Alliance chief whip in the eThekwini Municipality, Dean Macpherson.

The Mercury newspaper today reported that a R1.5 million “donation” was paid to the ANC by various funders in order to secure Naidoo a speaker’s position.

“It has also been alleged that pressure from various sources including businessman Roy Moodley and the SA Tamil Federation was exerted on ANC top brass, including President Jacob Zuma, to ensure the speaker’s seat was given to Naidoo,” he said.

Macpherson said the allegations constituted a serious crisis for the eThekwini Municipality.

It also threatened the good standing and independent office of the speaker, he said.

The ANC was not immediately available to comment.

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