Ex-Msunduzi manager seeks probe of ‘bribe’

2012-06-18 00:00

AN alleged large bribe paid to former Msunduzi Municipal manager Thabani Zulu is under investigations by the Hawks on request from both the DA and Zulu.

The allegation relates to R1,4 million that was allegedly deposited in Zulu’s bank account months before a R10 billion tender was awarded by the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) to to a BEE company to distributing grants.

Zulu was on the tender adjudication committee.

The Sunday Independent reported in April this year that they had traced the money to a BEE company that would benefit from the tender.

McIntosh Polela of the Hawks however said he was not aware on any official investigation against Zulu. “I know that a Mike Waters from the DA had approached the Serious Economic Offences Unit to investigate, but I am not aware of any investigation”.

In a statement, the DA said they had received communication from the Serious Economic Offences Unit, in the Directorate for priority Crime Investigation [the Hawks], confirming that an investigation into the allegations of Zulu’s kickback of R1,4 million would officially commence. The communication states that the DA should submit an affidavit as a basis to launch the investigation.

“It is imperative to ascertain whether officials are enriching themselves at the expense of the most vulnerable members of our society. The confirmation received by the Hawks is a first step in ensuring that alleged corruption and maladministration, which robs the most vulnerable people in society, is eradicated,” said the DA statement.

Zulu’s lawyer, Naren Sangham, said there was an investigation in its early stages.

“We are the ones who asked the Hawks to investigate as these allegations are baseless. The Hawks have asked for a detailed complainant statement, which I am busy preparing.”

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