Municipal manager’s murder behind Indaka’s takeover

2015-08-04 11:10

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Pietermaritzburg - The murder of a rural town’s municipal manager less than a month ago is chief among the reasons why the provincial government has placed the council under administration.

The KZN Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) has “re-instated section 139 intervention at Indaka local municipality”, according to a statement released on Monday.

The statement said placing the council under administration is an “extraordinary measure” due to the “recent deterioration of governance and administration” at the municipality “compounded by the murder of Indaka’s municipal manager”.

“Indaka has unfortunately relapsed into a situation where there are instances of deliberate disregard of the law as well as Cogta advice, collapse of administrative leadership, chaotic council meetings and dysfunctional oversight committees, or the alleged abuse of supply chain management policies,” said KZN MEC for Cogta Nomusa Dube-Ncube.

Municipal manager Sinathi Khumalo was murdered on July 16. Cogta said in its statement that Khumalo had made “serious allegations” against several members of the Indaka council.

The council was initially placed under administration in 2009, which was finalised in March 2014.

The municipality received an unqualified audit opinion from the Auditor-General for the period 2013/2014.

Cogta ministerial representative ­Martin Sithole is to step into the ­municipality to oversee the clean-up and implement any findings of any forensic investigation undertaken by the municipality or Cogta.

Indaka is to be amalgamated with Emnambithi municipality after the 2016 local elections. The capital of Indaka is Wasbank, south-east of Dundee.

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