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City manager sued over graft report

2012-06-22 22:37

Durban - Former eThekwini municipal manager Michael Sutcliffe confirmed on Friday he was suing city manager Sibusiso Sithole over the findings of a forensic report.

"Because of the seriousness of the allegations made by city manager Sibusiso Sithole, without any merit whatsoever and with reckless disregard for the consequences, I have therefore started proceedings to claim significant damages," Sutcliffe said on Friday in Durban.

The forensic report deals with fraud and corruption in the municipality.

"The municipality reserves its right to respond on this matter at an appropriate forum and time," spokesperson Thabo Mofokeng said in a statement.

The Manase report, released by co-operative governance MEC Nomusa Dube in February, found that Sutcliffe contravened the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act by not reporting fraudulent and corrupt activities.

It concluded that Sutcliffe failed to deal with fraud and corruption which had been raised in a previous report to the police.

Unfounded allegations

He only dealt with the matter two years later, costing the municipality R1.1m.

The probe was instituted after Auditor General Terence Nombembe said in his 2009/10 report that R532m had been irregularly spent by the municipality.

Sutcliffe said on Friday: "Allegations made to the effect that I am guilty of a derogation of my duties and that, as a result, the city will be taking action to recover an amount of R1.1m from me and to institute possible criminal prosecution are completely unfounded."

The Manase forensic investigation did not contain a recommendation that he should be prosecuted, said Sutcliffe.

"Nor does it advocate that monies allegedly lost to the municipality should be recovered from me personally."

Sutcliffe claimed the forensic investigators did not do their job properly.

"It may be that they did not have enough time, or were being forced into politically manipulated deadlines."

The investigations also contained accusations against a number of senior officials.

It found that 10 councillors had business interests with entities which conducted business with the eThekwini Municipality.

Comments
  • Squeegee - 2012-06-22 22:45

    Corruption, corruption corruption. Same old news day in and day out. Waste money, steal money, lose money. Fire the lot of them.

      christopher.columbus.3950178 - 2012-06-23 01:02

      squeegee...are you shocked? I know you not.This site is for people that like to complain and vent their frustration...And love to have dialogue with people that they do not agree with...Its not going to help anything.The only way you going to help is firstly by helping yourself and the literally really help others. Otherwise you can bala bla blah bla blah blah forever...its so easy to Blah! but to help is easy as its just your time and helping others is a beautiful thing...and no one can take that away. why dont we help people then?

      yar.wellnofine - 2012-06-23 05:19

      Hi Chris Some are beyond help

      Keith - 2012-06-23 05:57

      How does one help Durban, by taking away all those ridiculous new road sign which now have names acceptable to Mr Sutcliffe?

      Robin - 2012-06-23 06:55

      KwaZulu-Natal MEC for co-operative governance and traditional affairs Nomsa Dube called on the national department of science and technology to investigate the causes of lightning after seven people died in lightning strikes. "We will do an investigation and talk to the department of science and technology on what is the cause of the lightning, and if it only happened to the previously disadvantaged as I have never seen any white people being struck by lightning." said Dube. She was visiting Mpumazi in Eshowe where seven people from two families died after being struck by lightning on Sunday. "Scientists from the department could perhaps help us and come up with instruments that could help community members protect themselves against lightning. "The department has dealt with floods and fires, but lightning was new to us," said Dube.

      Revelgen - 2012-06-23 13:05

      It would appear that Sutcliffe has a LOT to hide. Hope the court case proceeds. I believe a lot of worms will crawl out of the can.

  • Nicholas - 2012-06-22 23:00

    This doesn't surprise me. There have been lingering question marks over Sutcliffe for years. He had better be careful, if he ends up in court they will really take him to the cleaners. I don't think too many Durban rate payers will be too unhappy about that.

  • John - 2012-06-23 00:10

    Tenders and corruption go hand in hand. How many tenders are NOT corrupt. WE the people must pay at least triple the actual cost of any work done to pay for corrupt tenders. We only get to find out about the FEW who get caught with the hand in the SLUSH fund. Shabangu, Shaik, Cele, Ntuli, Makwanazi, are good examples for the rest to follow! I'm sure old thick skinned Sutcliffe has the cleanest of hands! Let's see if he actually has the guts to go to court!

  • John - 2012-06-23 00:10

    Tenders and corruption go hand in hand. How many tenders are NOT corrupt. WE the people must pay at least triple the actual cost of any work done to pay for corrupt tenders. We only get to find out about the FEW who get caught with the hand in the SLUSH fund. Shabangu, Shaik, Cele, Ntuli, Makwanazi, are good examples for the rest to follow! I'm sure old thick skinned Sutcliffe has the cleanest of hands! Let's see if he actually has the guts to go to court!

      fussed.anderson - 2012-06-23 09:21

      To sutcliff;- The wheel has now turned, suffer suffer suffer you piese of SH@#^t. After what you have done to durban, you are lower than shark sh@#t shadow. (thats below sea level)

  • keith.staniford - 2012-06-23 05:58

    Every dog has it's day Mike, you will get your just deserts!Go to court and sue by all means but who will pay the bill for your lawyers if you lose? The State? or will it come from a bank account "tucked away" overseas? Go ahead sue me Mike "SUCKCLIFFE", it won't get you far, the money I had has been "sucked" away by fraudulent rate assessments,extortionate electricity and water accounts and questionable tender adjudications."Dr" Michael you are a disgrace to mankind, you have hurt and destroyed thousands upon thousands of decent hardworking, law abiding citizens of Durban and turned the City into a filthy, crime ridden den of iniquity. Sleep soundly tonight "Suckcliffe", together with your illgotten and doubtful gains.May you rot in hell.

  • tw2066 - 2012-06-23 07:33

    One has to live in Durban to see the damage Mike Snotkop did. Its impossible to walk around at night as I used to, The city is diry, save for the beachfront. Those street names - well the arguement was that they were racist and needed changing - names like Ridge? Old Main? but Mike had to needle the whites. In Toti, with scant regard for peoples feelings, he named the main road after a murderer. Rswipe!! The only part of Durban that did improve is the area where his flat is.... and that was a whole political story. Taxis rule the streets, boom boxes street kids and vagrants rule the sidewalks. I spoke this clown once, I needed the Metro Police to enforce a bylaw. Got NOWHERE!! Sithole simply cant do a worse job, even if he tried!!! No, every dog has his day. No sympathy for this useless piece of ,,,,,

  • Hugh - 2012-06-23 09:29

    Well Sutcliff if your handling of the Miss Durban pageant fraud is anything to go by you are guilty as hell. The same ANC heavy weights still run the pageant despite your assertion that they had been black listed.

  • john.loveland.9 - 2012-06-23 09:35

    They going to sue him for R 1.1m for dereliction of duty... What they doing about the R 532m irregularly spent?? Looks like a smoke screen to me.

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-06-23 09:38

    the walls are starting to close in on metro mike. About time, too.

  • Ruewelyn - 2012-06-23 10:23

    As Jackie S said "these hands are clean", I trust that yours are as well.Only time will tell what you and your team where up to.

  • connie.heuer2 - 2012-06-23 10:29

    Thats the whole problem Christopher! Mike and company All Helped Themselves.

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-06-23 12:02

    Sutcliffe STFU..!

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-06-23 14:31

    Durban used to have the nicest 'old world street names'...now...thanks to Sutcliffe trying to stay in with his anc buddies...almost every second street has had a name change...no other S.A Town has as many....I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO FIND A BUSINESS ADDRESS ANY MORE.

  • Irene - 2012-06-23 15:06

    Shame Mike, have your commie comrades turned on you? Hope you rot, in your Madiba shirt!

  • keith.staniford - 2012-06-23 15:54

    His Commie comrades were ALWAYS going to turn on him from day 1 of his "reign" Irene, their is no loyalty among thieves!!

  • Patsy - 2012-06-24 15:35

    Shame, methinks Sutcliffe sucked up to the wrong people......

  • julie.j.vanrensburg - 2012-10-23 18:06

    Back in '65 when (late) hubby, the kids and I moved to Durban from Pretoria, it was clean, safe and friendly, and I - or we both - could go fishing off the beaches and groynes all night without anyone bothering us. But since ANC takeover, the city has deteriorated into a filthy and unsafe k-fuxated sewer. In fact, I was even afraid to venture to the nearest shops on the Bluff where we stayed, not knowing whether I'd be mugged/hijacked at the next intersection... As for Sutcliffe riding roughshod over ratepayers' wishes to NOT rename streets after so-called "struggle-heroes" who raped, murdered innocent civilians, being too scared to take on the military - Sutcliffe must carry most of the blame for what Durban has become under his mis-management. May he rot in hell...

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