Raid on uThukela a case of ‘dirty tricks’, says IFP

2011-02-24 00:00

THE INKATHA Freedom Party (IFP) has condemned the raid on uThukela District Municipality on Monday.

The raid was commissioned by the provincial Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department (Cogta) after it launched an investigation into the affairs of the IFP-run municipality.

The department contracted auditing firm Moloi & Kirby to seize documents from the municipality under the close observation of the Hawks.

The Witness has learnt that office computers and laptops were also seized from various offices of the municipality during the raid.

Cogta alleged that the investigation follows allegations of fraud and maladministration amounting to R570 million.

Mayor Mqapheli Sithole said that on June 30, 2010, his municipality received an unqualified audit report, which is evidence enough that the current investigation is just “dirty tricks” by the ruling African National Congress.

IFP provincial secretary Dr Bonginkosi Buthelezi said Cogta is back to its old tricks targeting IFP-controlled municipalities in the province ahead of local government elections. The IFP contends that there was no need for the seizure of the municipal documents. “uThukela Municipality has always granted the Auditor-General unlimited access to its documentation. The municipality has also had a string of unqualified audit opinions,” said Dr Buthelezi.

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