Disgraced metro talks bling TVs, cars, planes

2014-06-29 09:18

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It was business as usual at the Buffalo City metro council chambers this week as councillors discussed their pensions, the use of plasma screen TVs, which category of cars they could hire and whether or not to fly business class.

On Wednesday, two days after the city’s entire leadership – including Mayor Zukiswa Ncitha and her deputy Temba Tinta, council speaker Luleka Simon-Ndzele, and senior councillor Sindiswa Gomba – appeared at the East London Magistrates’ Court on charges of money laundering and fraud, the council seemed unfazed.

The Buffalo City Municipality’s top brass is linked to the missing R6?million, which was supposed to have been spent on memorial events for the late former president Nelson Mandela.

During Wednesday’s council sitting, councillors spent the entire day discussing luxuries and taking a recess in July.

The scandal was only mentioned when Simon-Ndzele read a statement on behalf of her co-accused, and called on all to respect the judicial processes under way.

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