Dube: Don’t drag my partner in

2013-10-02 00:00

KZN MEC for Co-operative Governance Nomusa Dube said yesterday she welcomed any investigation into the affairs of uMkhanyakude District Municipality and warned her detractors not to define her through her partner’s businesses.

Dube repeated this call after the IFP held a press conference yesterday to announce that it had called on the Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, to probe allegations of her fiancé Sibusiso Ncube’s alleged preferential business dealings with uMkhanyakude, Mandeni and eThekwini municipalities. These allegations had also been made by a Sunday newspaper earlier.

At the press conference, IFP deputy national spokesperson Joshua Mazibuko said they were to send off the letter to Madonsela by courier yesterday.

Mazibuko said the IFP received the reports from concerned citizens. He warned, however, that the party did not know “if they were true or not; and we do not apportion blame to anyone”.

Key among the allegations were accusations against Ncube’s Enforce Security. The statement alleged that Enforce was awarded contracts at eThekwini without proper processes being followed. Similarly, Mandeni Municipality did not renew the contract of its existing security holder, but gave the contract to Enforce, allegedly paying the company four times more than the previous contract holder.

Mazibuko outlined a litany of other allegations against uMkhanyakude, which included over R7 million paid for water tankers that were never used and of contractors allegedly paid before they had delivered any services.

Dube’s spokesperson, Lennox Mabaso, yesterday cautioned the IFP against “their concerted effort to subject the MEC to a trial by innuendo in the court of public disinformation”.

Mabaso said that there was already a forensic investigation under way at uMkhan­yakude, being led by the KZN Treasury. He added that the allegation involving Mandeni Municipality and the security company had been made by a ratepayers’ organisation and had already been subjected to a forensic probe, which found no wrongdoing. He said the report on the probe was available.

Mabaso also cautioned that Enforce had been a service provider to eThekwini Municipality long before Dube became MEC and that they were doing work there even as far back as when she was serving as ambassador to the Czech Republic.

Ncube is the former son-in-law of leading KZN businessman Mzi Khumalo. He could not be reached yesterday, but his spokesperson Thami Ngidi said they would be looking at the IFP’s allegations and would respond in due course.

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