No councillors doing business with the city - eThekwini municipality

2015-06-24 19:15
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Durban - There has been a dramatic decline in the number of councillors and officials doing business with the eThekwini municipality, the city manager said on Wednesday.  

Sbu Sithole was responding to questions submitted by DA councillor Jayraj Singh, asking the City how many councillors and officials were still doing business with the municipality following the release of the Manase Report and various reports by the Auditor-General.

Singh, who submitted the question to Speaker Logie Naidoo on June 5, was answered during a full council meeting at the City Hall.

Singh asked the city manager to conduct a follow up investigation to ascertain how many councillors had been disciplined, how many cases had been referred to the police and how much the City had recovered from the culprits.

Sithole said: “In 2009/2010 there were six councillors that were involved in conducting businesses with the State. At the moment we have no councillors or officials doing business with the city.

“An amount of R33.9m was involved in the 2010/2011 financial year and that number declined to R99 000.”

Sithole added that no criminal cases had been opened with the police.

“There have been several disciplinary processes that have taken place. Out of the 107 cases that were reported, we are now dealing with seven. But I want to make it clear that none of these cases warranted criminal action.

“In one case we had to recover R138 000 from one official. All the cases that were investigated by Manase and Associates were referred to the Anti-Corruption Task Team.

“We will be having a follow-up meeting in July and we will report to the executive and the councillors on the status of the matter,” said Sithole.

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