Zuma gives nod to Buffalo City probe

2015-09-22 17:43
President Jacob Zuma (Picture: YouTube)

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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has given the Special Investigations Unit the go-ahead to investigate a number of allegations made against the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality.

Zuma signed a proclamation authorising the SIU to investigate, among others, any alleged serious maladministration, improper or unlawful conduct by the municipality's employees, unlawful expenditure of public money and any intentional loss or negligence of public money or damage to public property, presidency spokesperson Bongani Majola said.

The SIU's investigation would cover alleged offences that took place between February 1, 2008, and September 22, 2015, the day the proclamation was signed, Majola said.

Buffalo City Municipality Mayor Zukiswa Ncitha and her deputy Temba Tinta were arrested in June last year for alleged fraud involving Nelson Mandela's memorial service.

They face charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering.

The Daily Dispatch reported at the time how politically connected "tenderpreneurs" cashed in on the former president's memorial service in December and that the ANC in the Eastern Cape had T-shirts made with public money.
 
Ncitha and Tinta are both out on bail.

Read more on:    siu  |  jacob zuma  |  nelson mandela  |  east london  |  corruption

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