IFP welcomes probe into Msunduzi

2009-12-16 00:00

THE IFP welcomed reports of a commission of inquiry into the alleged financial mismanagement and poor governance in Msunduzi Municipality.

In a statement issued yesterday, the party said that it has long criticised the general state of chaos and maladministration within the municipality.

“At last, the ANC’s chickens are coming home to roost, and the outrageous and scandalous poor governance practices, fraud and corruption at the Msunduzi Municipality are about to be uncovered. The IFP has, for a number of years, demanded action to be taken to curb the rampant corruption at this municipality,” said Dr Lionel Mtshali, the IFP’s spokesman on Finance, Economic Development and Scopa in KwaZulu-Natal.

Mtshali said that last year, the IFP expressed its outrage when it emerged that Dr Jabulani Mjwara, former head of KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture, was the preferred bidder for a multi-million rand dred­ging tender at Msunduzi Muni­cipality, which highlighted the entrenched corruption practi­ces at the municipality.

“The veil of secrecy, impunity and immunity which has clou­ded the Msunduzi Municipality will finally be exposed and all the skeletons that have been hiding will now rattle out of the cupboard,” said Mtshali.

He added: “The IFP sincerely hopes that this inquiry will bring into the open all the details pertaining to the ANC’s expanding network of corrupt relationships within this municipality, and across the different tiers of government in … KwaZulu-Natal.”

According to the spokesman for the Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department, Lennox Mabaso, the inquiry, which is being headed by Edward Ngubane of accounting firm Ngubane & Co has already begun. Mabaso said there was no time frame for when the inquiry would be completed, citing that a thorough investigation has to be undertaken.

He said that, upon finalisation, the inquiry’s findings will be analysed and appropriate action will be meted out to those deemed responsible for wrongdoing.

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