uMngeni deputy mayor resigns

2010-02-04 00:00

THE Deputy Mayor of uMngeni Municipality, Sizakele Ndlovu, resigned yesterday after being found guilty of housing fraud.

On November 26 last year, the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court found that Ndlovu was guilty of having fraudulently acquired an RDP house.

She was sentenced to three years’ jail, suspended for five years, and the court said she had to pay back the R18 400 housing subsidy that she had been given after she had claimed that she was unemployed.

As deputy mayor, Ndlovu earned R7 072 a month, but the law states that applicants for RDP houses have to earn less than R3 500 a month.

According to well-placed sources, Ndlovu’s resignation was announced at a council meeting yesterday.

When the speaker made the announcement, there was complete silence as councillors were in a “state of shock”, the sources said.

“She didn’t speak to anyone before the meeting and she seemed down. She just sat down and fiddled with her desk.”

Although Ndlovu is officially no longer the deputy mayor, she remains an ordinary councillor.

Ndlovu is the second high-ranking councillor in the municipality to be found guilty of housing fraud.

The first was former speaker Surya Pillay who, like Ndlovu, was found guilty of obtaining an RDP house in Howick West.

Pillay also claimed she was unemployed when applying for the house, yet she was earning a monthly salary of R4 466.

She was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment suspended for five years and agreed to pay back the R26 937 government subsidy she received.

She, too, stepped down from her position as speaker and is now just an ordinary councillor.

Sources question why only Ndlovu and Pillay were charged with housing fraud and ask about the people within council who gave them the houses.

The sources believe that the people who assigned them the houses, knowing quite well that they were councillors, should also be charged.

When The Witness contacted Ndlovu yesterday she said she had no comment.

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