Councillors demand municipality transparency

2017-02-10 06:01

COUNCILLORS from opposition parties in Harry Gwala are blaming the municipality for hiding details of investigations that are related to fraud and corruption allegedly involving municipal employees.

Recently the municipality suspended four municipal employees in the finance section in connection with allegations of fraud and corruption.
Opposition parties blame the speaker, mayor and municipal manager for not calling a special council sitting to inform them about suspended employees.
Last month councillors from opposition parties demanded transparency from the municipality.
Inkatha Freedom Party councillor, Sifiso Phakathi, said he is happy about the suspension of employees who are accused of alleged corruption.

“Since 2012 we were calling for the municipality to investigate corrupt officials. We want the municipality to inform councillors about the outcome of investigations and shame people who are involved in corrupt incidents.”

Economic Freedom Fighters councillor, Linda Mbele said they heard in the media that the municipality is under probe by the special investigative unit and no one is allowed to talk about it at council sittings.

“At previous council sittings we were not told about investigations that are currently happening at the municipality and we were surprised to hear in the media that the municipality is under investigation.”

Municipal spokesperson, Ndabezitha Tenza confirmed that four officials have been suspended and investigation against suspended officials is under way.
He said the public will be informed once the investigation is complete.
“We adhere to the cardinal principles that a person is innocent till proven guilty and for now there are no guilty employees.
“The municipality will leave no stone unturned in this investigation and whoever shall be found involved in corruption will face the music.”

Tenza denied that the municipality is not transparent about the process of investigation.

He also denied that the municipality is under investigation by the special investigative unit and said he only heard it from the media.
“Once the municipality is formally notified about being investigated we will co-operate with the process.”

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