We have nothing to hide – Mike Sutcliffe

2011-03-07 13:03

The municipal manager of eThekwini today said he had nothing to hide following reports that he was being investigated by the Hawks.

“May I add that we have nothing to hide and we will fully co-operate with any investigation being conducted by lawful agencies,” Mike Sutcliffe said in a statement.

“As of today my office has never been contacted by the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) regarding any investigation they are conducting and which may require my assistance,” he said.

He had written a letter to the SIU informing it that he was willing to assist in any probe.

Hawks spokesman McIntosh Polela denied that there was an investigation into municipal officials.

“There is no investigation. It is all nonsense. If there was an investigation, I would know about it. There are no pending arrests,” said Polela.

The Sunday Times newspaper reported that Sutcliffe was under investigation and that the Hawks were expected to make arrests in the municipality within days.

It wrote that the pending arrests, which it claimed had been confirmed by a senior Hawks official in Durban, followed a report on R3.5 billion in contracts awarded in the past 10 years.

According to the newspaper, that report, by auditors Ngubane & Company, recommended that disciplinary and criminal charges be brought against Sutcliffe, his deputy in charge of procurement, Derek Naidoo, housing chief Coughlan Pather and procurement chief Themba Shezi.

In February, eThekwini municipality Mayor Obed Mlaba announced that an investigation would be launched.

This followed the auditor-general’s recommendations in certain areas of concern in supply chain management.

“As the city’s senior management, we are committed to root out any and all fraud and corruption that may exist in the municipality,” Sutcliffe said today.

“I have noted the media reports and consider the insinuations made most defamatory of myself and senior officials of the municipality. In this regard, we reserve our rights to take action against such statements linking us to acts of corruption or fraud,” he said.

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