Ficksburg residents march over corruption

2011-09-15 11:09

Residents of Ficksburg marched on the Setsoto municipality buildings today in protest against alleged corruption in the council.

The protest was organised by the Ficksburg ratepayers’ association, the DA, the Congress of the People (Cope) and the Setsoto Concerned Citizens group. Church leaders also took part.

Residents want the municipality to release the full report on a recent probe into the affairs of the municipality.

Free State cooperative governance MEC Mamiki Qabathe ordered the inquiry after protester Andries Tatane died in service delivery protests earlier this year.

Only a shortened version of the report was released within the Setsoto council, which led to the DA and Cope walking out of a council meeting.

The executive summary released indicated the municipality was in disarray with no proper management and financial control.

It was unstable because of widespread theft, fraud and corruption, the report revealed. The investigation found supply chain management department staff were often coerced by senior managers into making orders against policy.

The report recommended several managers and officials of the Setsoto local municipality face criminal and disciplinary charges on allegations of theft, fraud and corruption.

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